Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Many-coloured Fruit-Dove

The Many-coloured Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus perousii), also known in Samoa as Manulua, is a small multi-coloured dove growing up to 250mm in length , as a species of bird in the Columbidae family.
The male dove is a pale yellow-white colour with a red-crimson crown and bar across its back. The female is mostly green and grey on the head and breast with a red-crimson crown and undertail-covert area  as red. These red-crimson coverts differentiate these doves from those of Fiji and Tonga where the coverts are yellow.
The Many-coloured Fruit-Dove are primarily found in large mature forest areas in the south-western Pacific - Samoa, Fiji and Tonga - where lowland tropical and sub-tropical forests provide a natural habitat. These birds feed predominantly on fruit and berries found in the high canopy and are partial to figs and also the fruit of the banyan tree. The Many-coloured Fruit-Dove are very protective of their feeding areas. The nest is a small platform of twigs where one white egg is laid.

Reduction in habitat has led to a decreased population, although the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for these doves to be considered vulnerable under conservation criteria.
This stamps released by Samoa Post on April 04, 2011. This issue stamps have logo of WWF organisation as proof of their collaboration .

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