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Birds of the Week: Fruit Doves
It's the dead of winter so let's look at some beautiful tropical birds.
This week's Bird of the Week is actually eight Birds of the Week. Or, more accurately, dozens of Birds of the Week. That is because, for the first time, we are devoting an entry to an entire species of bird, rather than a single individual feathered friend. And that species is....the fruit dove.
There are, depending on the sources you look up, 57, or 54, or 46, or close to 50, kinds of fruit doves in the world. As the name pretty blatantly suggests, they are doves and they love fruit. They live all over Southeast Asia and Australia and New Zealand. Go to, say, a rainforest in Indonesia, and you might see a fruit dove!
Unlike most weeks, that is the extent of the hardcore research I am going to give you, because the big important thing about the fruit doves I need to share with you is how off-the-wall stunning they are. This all started with Senior Bird Correspondent Caitlin, who told me this week, "I just remembered that I flagged a great bird the other day." Caitlin does not lie. This was the bird:
My jaw dropped, and I fell off my chair, reduced to mouthing vague syllables. (OK, that last part is slightly overcooked, by which I mean made up, but I was agog!)
Caitlin continued: "I think I'd lose my mind if I saw this bird in the wild. It's NEON."
IT'S NEON PEOPLE! Here is another look at the golden fruit dove, which lives in Fiji:
I mean, good lord! Caitlin again: "Ahhh the plumage, the texture!!"
"Ahhh the plumage, the texture!!" indeed. I had to know more. And, wouldn't you know it, every fruit dove I found bowled me over. Then I remembered that we listed the Mariana fruit dove at the top of our state bird rankings. The fruit doves had been sending us a message this whole time! It also became clear that it was impossible to decide which fruit dove I was going to highlight. They are all too good. So I am celebrating them as a glorious group. Here, without further ado, are seven more fruit doves for you to gaze at in suitably awestruck fashion.
Rose-crowned fruit dove
Superb fruit dove
Orange fruit dove
Pink-necked fruit dove
Coroneted fruit dove
Jambu fruit dove
Yellow-breasted fruit dove
All hail the fruit doves!!!!