This is the biggest pigeon in southern Africa, and is common in the Fern Forest. The “olive” part of the name is presumably linked to part of the diet, because the plumage is a deep purple, spotted white. Vivid yellow feet and beak complete the attire.

african olive-pigeon

Normally very shy and difficult to see, at certain times of year ramerons gather in the clump of trees growing on the balcony near the bar. This clump was not deliberately planted, but grew up naturally around a long-dead ornamental tree. The original seeds were pooped out by birds perching in that tree, and reflect the favourite fruits eaten by those birds. Now events have come full circle with the best possible menu being offered to the most fussy guest. Ramerons overcome their retiring disposition to get at these fruits, completely ignoring hotel guests, because it’s important to grab fruits at peak ripeness. You snooze, you lose.

One thought on “Rameron Pigeon (African Olive-Pigeon)

  1. Thanks for your interesting blog. This is to let you know that I cited your observation on the reason for the “olive” part of the name on my recent post on the Rameron/African Olive-Pigeon on the blog “letting nature back in: nature and nurture in suburban spaces”. Thank you for this insight. You can find my post at naturebackin.com

    WIth best wishes
    Carol

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