White-bibbed Ground Dove

The Gallicolumba jobiensis (scientific name) or white-bibbed ground dove is found in tropical lowlands and forests of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. This medium-sized bird has a purple coloured plumage all over with tail feathers which are stubby and dark in colour. As the name suggests, it has a white bib-like shape of feathers on its chest and eye area. The females are duller in comparison to the males. Its diet is comprised of seeds, berries and insects which it forages for on the ground. An average clutch has 2 eggs incubated for about 17 days. Sun-bathing is common, with this bird lying on the ground with its wing and tail spread. Its IUCN listing is the LEAST CONCERN.

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