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)