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Asian Emerald Dove
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23â€“27 cm (9-10Â¾ in) A small and short-tailed dove.
This species has a wide distribution in southeast Asia and Australia. From the Indian Subcontinent to south China, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and islands off Papua New Guinea.
Introduced in Hong Kong.
Not migratory, but local wandering occurs. Sometimes birds are found well out of their natural range, e.g. Maldive Islands.
Formerly considered conspecific with Pacific Emerald Dove.
Five subspecies recognized:
Different types of forest: rain forest, mangroves, gallery forest, clearings, orchards and plantations near forest, in Australia also in drier habitat.
Often quite tame, but hard to discover in the forest. May feed inconspicuously on ground. Usually found when dashing in direct flight through the forest. Flies often into windows and may be attracted by lights at night.
Breeds all year round. Nest is a platform of twigs in a tree or a bush. Lays 2 eggs.
Feeds mostly on fallen fruit and seeds, also on invertebrates (termites, snails, insects). May feed in farmyards together with domestic fowl. Usually feeds singly on the ground, sometimes in pairs.
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