July 9, 2015 – White-bellied Green-pigeon or Japanese Green-pigeon (Treron sieboldii)

These pigeons are found in temperate forests of Japan, eastern China, Taiwan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Russia, and South Korea. They forage mostly in trees for fruits and acorns. During late summer, they congregate on rocky beaches to drink seawater, often traveling over 12.5 miles (20 km). The reason for this behavior is unknown, but it may be to gain certain minerals found in seawater that aren’t present in their natural diet. Usually breeding around May or June, they build shallow cup-shaped twig nests and lay two eggs.

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