Yellow Footed Green Pigeon (Treron Phoenicopterus) with a distinct greyish lilac patch on the shoulder, yellow feathered feet and white bill are a delight to watch. Both the sexes look similar.
I often see them perched high up on the semal tree that I can see from my home balcony or hiding amidst the greens. Their color is such that it helps them camouflage well. I have nicknamed them “couch potato” as you will find them sitting idle in one place for hours together!
It is known as Hariyal (हरियल) in Hindi & Marathi which means green in color. It is found only in the South Asian nations like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It is also the state bird of Maharashtra (India)
An interesting aspect about them is that they rarely touch the ground. They do not consume much water and their need is taken care by dew drops on leaves and around. I am not sure how far it is true !
They are a loyal breed and often seen sitting in pairs even within a group. Their breeding season is Indian is from March to April. Their call is quite cute like a whistle. I hope I have been able to capture it in one of the AVs to share.
They are frugivorous, feeding on fruits and figs. They have a fondness for the Banyan & Peepal tree .
Another green pigeon species that I have seen, at Pangoot (in Uttarakhand), is the Wedge Tailed Green Pigeon (Treron Sphenurus) or Kokla Hariyal locally. Both sexes are green with red feet and a bright blue bill. These two striking feature help us distinguish them from the Yellow Footed in the very first instance. The males have an orange chest patch and wine-red patches on the wings which the female lacks.
Do watch out for the next post on another species from my #BalconyBirdingList
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