Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Emerald Dove

Chalcophaps indica 23 - 27cm

These small, shy doves are typically seen in pairs foraging on the ground. They are well camouflaged with their brown and green plumage, except when glimpsed in a sunny spot. Then the emerald shimmers iridescent and the bright red beak and feet are also quite striking. The call of these doves is a very low, soft 'purroom' which rises gradually with each call.

(Illustration by Beryl Robertson)

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