The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

African Olive-Pigeon / Rameron Pigeon

Afrikaans name: Geelbekbosduif

African Olive-Pigeon

African Olive-Pigeon

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Columba arquatrix

The African Olive-pigeon, also known as the Rameron Pigeon, is a large and colourful pigeon. It is found along the southern and eastern regions of South Africa as well as some parts of Gauteng.

It is a bird of forests but has adapted to suburbs that have plenty of fruit-bearing trees.

The African Olive-pigeon loves fruit and it feeds off the fruits of many different trees. It has also been recorded eating seeds from some Acacia trees.

They breed all year round and the female makes the nest using material brought to her by the male. Either 1 or 2 eggs are laid and are tended to by both adults.

References and further reading

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 44

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 104

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 52

The Doves, Parrots, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa - Author: M.K. Rowan - Published: 1983 - Page: 26

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 127

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 22

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 42

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 222

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 300

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 214

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 304

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 223

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 216

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 200

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 200

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 114

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 37

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 166

Questions and Answers - Endangered Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 8

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 148

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 169

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 115

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 115

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 132

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 40

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 113

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 64

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 146

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