Sunday, November 11, 2018

Wompoo Fruit Dove

Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)
This is the photograph of Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) that I saw in the forest of Vogelkop region of West Papua last week. The bird can be seen from lowland to medium elevation forest of New Guinea. I like the bird because it has got beautiful colors such as green, purple, yellow, grey, and black.
Several days ago I visited a village at the foot of Mount Sikor. While I was walking along the road, I saw the Wompoo Fruit Dove sitting on her nest. Perhaps, she was incubating egg. The nest was around 2 meters above the ground under the branches full of thick leaf. I approached the nest carefully until I was around 5 meters from the bird. Slowly I raised my Canon 200D with Tamron 150-600mm at the bird and then shot her several times.
According to a report from NSW Scientific Committee, the Wompoo Fruit Dove also lives in Australia particularly in areas that have tropical forest. Both male and female share the responsibility of incubating the egg. They build the nest, and also raise their chick together.
During my recent tour in Vogelkop region, I also saw a lot of other birds such as Blyth's hornbill, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, Vulturine Parrot, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-faced Myna, and Pinon Imperial Pigeon, and a lot more.
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Also read: Birding in Aibogiar of Tambrauw mountains