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noun
The White Crowned Pigeon. A large black dove with a white head. It is hunted and valued as food.
also known as
white head
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15 comments
J
J
10 years ago

These are so cool

Jamaica
Jamaica
Barb
9 years ago

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.

Jamaica
Jamaica
6 years ago

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.

Jamaica
Jamaica
6 years ago

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!

Jamaica
Jamaica
4 years ago

I have never seen or heard one

Jamaica
Jamaica
kenny
4 years ago

I saw one flying around in the kingston 19 area- it appeared very big so I'm surprised it's just a pigeon

Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda
Javiera
4 years ago

See a pair of these hanging around my apartment complex in the afternoons

Jamaica
Jamaica
Carlene
4 years ago

I saw one in my backyard at sunset eating from a Gully Bean tree in Highgate,St. Mary. A very beautiful bird.

Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
Iris
3 years ago

I think I’ve just seen one here, in my yard , on Grand Cayman. Is this possible?

Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
Nordi
3 years ago

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?

Bahamas
Bahamas
Wright
2 years ago

there called also American Wigeon

Jamaica
Jamaica
AndrewM
last year

There is a new one above the last ravine on Jack's Hill. The guard said 'pee-koe', or 'all' (owl?). I went up to my balcony and found my binoculars, Saw him/her clearly, and then, as if he/she saw me, took off. Damn! But I think it's a white crowned pigeon.

Jamaica
Jamaica
Tom Smith
last year

The bald pate are beautiful birds that we should in our little paradise here on earth. Therefore we should keep them around and not let white foreigners come and hunt them - let them do the hunting in their own countries.

Jamaica
Jamaica
Tom Smith
last year

Why can't white foreigners leave our crown pigeons alone and go hunt in their own countries?? Why do they want to destroy our paradise and keep their's

Jamaica
Jamaica
Andrea
4 months ago

Is it true that the balled plate give u luck