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African Olive-Pigeon / Rameron Pigeon

Afrikaans name: Geelbekbosduif

African Olive-Pigeon

African Olive-Pigeon

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Columba arquatrix

The African Olive-pigeon, also known as the Rameron Pigeon, is a large and colourful pigeon. It is found along the southern and eastern regions of South Africa as well as some parts of Gauteng.

It is a bird of forests but has adapted to suburbs that have plenty of fruit-bearing trees.

The African Olive-pigeon loves fruit and it feeds off the fruits of many different trees. It has also been recorded eating seeds from some Acacia trees.

They breed all year round and the female makes the nest using material brought to her by the male. Either 1 or 2 eggs are laid and are tended to by both adults.

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 146

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 115

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 115

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 40

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 113

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 114

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 37

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 148

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 200

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 200

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 127

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 216

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 223

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 304

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 300

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 214

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 222

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 42

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Year Published: 1979 - Page: 22

The Doves, Parrots, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa - Author: M.K. Rowan - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 26

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 104

List of South African Birds

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