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.
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.