Saturday, February 06, 2010

Jamaica birds: Pigeons

Mountain Witch, the Crested Quail-dove

Ring-tailed Pigeon
Both are endemics, the pigeon (like a slim Woodpigeon in build) being easy to find and the Witch much more problematic. Luckily, I was with our driver/manager of the Abbey Green coffee plantation, Omar, whose incredible eyes spotted this individual perched still and very close. They are pretty big and chunky birds for quail-doves and make quite a clatter when flushed.

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