Definition of fruit pigeon in English:

fruit pigeon

noun

  • A fruit-eating pigeon occurring in the Old World tropics.

    Compare with fruit dove
    • ‘Scores of sleek, black mynas, an assortment of tubby, green fruit pigeons, a few tiny parrots hanging upside-down and a legion of stately red-knobbed hornbills pummel me with discarded bits of cherry red figs.’
    • ‘Our pigeons don't have those pigments in their feathers, however some fruit pigeons and parrots do.’
    • ‘It was not smugglers, but fruit pigeons who scattered the unsoaked seeds on other islands.’
    • ‘The so-called fruit pigeons as a general rule do not breed as prolifically as the seed eating species.’
    • ‘Two radiations that come to mind as ideal subjects of comparative studies because they are diverse and include nonfrugivorous sister groups are the fruit pigeons and the New World trogons.’