Yellow-footed Green Pigeons
Yellow-footed green pigeons (Harial in Hindi), are rather beautiful
birds, roosting in large numbers on fig and other trees. They blend
with the the foliage so well that Salim Ali is prompted to write:
Yellow-footed green pigeon, on a tree in an urban park in GK-1, Delhi.
Their coloration obiliterates them completely in the green foliage so long as
they remain still, and the birds have learnt to take full advantage of this.
The unexpected numbers that will tumble out of a banyan and fly away on a
shot being fired is often quite bewildering. - Ali/Daniels, Book of Indian
Birds, 12th edn. p. 158.
Yellow-footed green pigeons are possibly our most common green pigeons. The
species has also been seen at IIT Kanpur, but I
first encounted this species in Manas National Park in Assam (It is
called laitha or bor haitha in Assamese). It was a pleasant
surprise to find a tree in GK-1 E-block
park (New Delhi) infested with these colourful birds.
Bird 503 in the Ali/Ripley Handbook.
I spotted about two dozen green pigeons on this tree, I am sure there were
more. They foraged the berries (pls let me know if you know the name of the
tree) for most of two hours.
Images: Yellow-Footed Green Pigeons
What? You talking to me
most of the time though, they were snoozing...
Can you spot the three pigeons?
Like most birds, pigeons can turn their heads by 180 degrees.
These ones are sitting directly beneath the one above.
another pigeon, on the other side of the tree
green pigeons sport a rather goody-goody look....
These images are from the watchtower on Uchila beat, Manas National Park
Bansbari range. Note that although the feet are distinctly yellow, the body
colouration is a bit different - the
green becomes pale grey on the chest.
flock of about fifty, roosting on a tree (14 visible)
At IIT Kanpur
The yellow-footed has also been sighted in IIT Kanpur, but I am yet to sight
This image is due to Sainath Vellal. The colouration is similar to the birds
Amitabha Mukerjee January 23, 2010