Singapore is sweltering its way through the monsoon. Heat and rain! Western Palearctic constitutions were not designed for these conditions, but here be Pink-necked Green Pigeons! The forest of the Central Catchment Area is always a good place to find them, but they are common wherever there are fruiting trees.

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Now simply seeing green pigeons should be enough for anyone and if only the females show, then that is what you get, but the males include a pink neck and orange belly in their plumage to make a spectacle best observed at close quarters.

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Most sightings are from underneath as the birds feed high in the trees or fly overhead. The colours are muted in silhouette, or observed just briefly through the leaves. Occasionally though, a fruiting tree will tempt them lower.

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The females had found a Simpoh ayer (Dillenia suffruticosa), a common shrub which usually carries fruit and flowers at the same time. The lit side was also the soggy side, so enjoy these pictures as they cost me wet feet for the rest of the day.

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The males were feeding from other shrubs close by. The photo below was from a previous visit to the Botanical Gardens.

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Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.