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SUPERB FRUIT-DOVE


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Wet Tropics Rainforest Life

SUPERB FRUIT-DOVE
Ptilinopus superbus 23 cm

         In Australia the Superb Fruit-Dove is a mainly summer visitor to the drier types of rainforests, regrowth and adjacent dense vegetation.

         In north Queensland it is commoner than farther south, where it is only a vagrant to Victoria and Tasmania.

         It eats a great variety of fruits, from laurels, palms, myrtles, figs and other plants.

         Despite its colourful plumage it is usually difficult to observe.  Even birds calling loudly can remain unseen.

    It is generally seen alone or in pairs but sometimes groups gather at fruiting trees.

    Although they spend most time in the upper foliage of the rainforest, the nest is often placed a few metres above the ground.

    The main call is five to six clear, deep whoops  

         It is observed regularly in fairly open acacia regrowth round Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge but is more often heard than seen.

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