One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical fruit-eating dove that typically has brightly coloured plumage, usually with a green back, and occurs mainly in Indonesia and Australasia.
Genus Ptilonopus (and Phapitreron), family Columbidae: many speciesCompare with fruit pigeon
- ‘Such birds as the bridled white-eye, the Guam flycatcher, and the Mariana fruit dove, once widespread on the island, now exist only as stuffed museum specimens or illustrations in birders' guidebooks.’
- ‘The Jambu fruit dove is a plump dove with a small head and a small yellow or orange beak.’
- ‘Days find you snorkeling over pulsating sea clams and other marine life, sea-kayaking Kuata Island's slender peninsula, or hiking its interior, where you might just spot a many-colored fruit dove.’
- ‘Wood said that while few would notice the passing of Sumba's little-known hornbills, quails and fruit doves, their demise has wider implications.’
- ‘Some pigeons and doves, including tropical fruit doves, are exclusively frugivorous, fruit-eating.’
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