The White Crowned Pigeon. A large black dove with a white head. It is hunted and valued as food.
A pair comes to the palm tree just next to my balcony ever night around sunset to feed on the berries that grown there. Don't see them any other time.
Growing up in Jamaica, I remember these birds feeding and nesting near populated areas, because these areas had full growth of the tallest trees, for them to nest and feed in. As human activities (coal burning, mining, etc.) depleted these trees, they tend to feed wherever they find food (fruits and berries), and nest in old growths of bamboo trees, away from people.
These doves usually do poorly in captivity and are probably not mean to be kept as pets. I know a few people who had the resources, and were able to even get them to bread in captivity by recreating a semblance of their natural surrounding. In the wild they evade nest hunters by making nests that look abandoned, and their young do no squeak anywhere as loud as domestic pigeon squeakers. Amazing!
I have never seen or heard one
I saw one flying around in the kingston 19 area- it appeared very big so I'm surprised it's just a pigeon
See a pair of these hanging around my apartment complex in the afternoons
I saw one in my backyard at sunset eating from a Gully Bean tree in Highgate,St. Mary. A very beautiful bird.
I think I’ve just seen one here, in my yard , on Grand Cayman. Is this possible?
A baby bird walked right into my house this morning after I opened the door to let my dog out. It was raining heavily and the little baby was soaked and walked straight into the house. My mommy says its a ball plate but I can't find any images of a chick online, only full grown ones. Anyone have images of the chick to share or any advice on caring for one?
there called also American Wigeon