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African Olive-Pigeon / Rameron Pigeon

Afrikaans name: Geelbekbosduif

African Olive-Pigeon

African Olive-Pigeon

Photo © Steven Herbert

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.


References and further reading

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

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

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

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 - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 222

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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