Grouse pigeon also has other names - blue-headed earthen pigeon, plum-headed pigeon.
External signs of a plum-headed pigeon
The body length of a hazel grouse is 31 cm, the tail is 10 cm. A characteristic feature of the plum-headed pigeon is the leg structure, as in chicken birds.
The limbs are long, covered with scales with short hexagonal shields of red-brown color. Fingers are short and fleshy with long curved claws. The color of the plumage is dominated by brown tones.
The back is red-brown in color, the feather cover on the chest is red-wine-colored. The front of the head and the nape are covered with feathers of saturated black color, the crown and several scaly-shaped feathers under the throat are slate-blue. A white stripe stretches from the throat to the ear holes. The beak is thick and wide, black. Its base is painted in coral red, and the tip of a gray-blue hue.
Young pigeons stand out with black-edged feathers located on the head. The beak is painted in a dark brown tone. Legs are covered with scales of red-brown color.Grouse pigeon (Starnoenas cyanocephala).
Distribution of blue-headed earthen pigeons
The blue-headed earthen pigeon lives in Jamaica, Cuba, and is found on the southern coast of the Florida Peninsula. Birds inhabit virgin forests located on the coast of the sea, along rivers and lakes.
Grouse pigeon feeding
Grouse pigeon eats berries, seeds. Small pigeons and small invertebrates pigeon seeks out in the forest litter, raking the remains of plants with paws with large claws. This feature resembles the behavior of chickens during feeding.Birds predominantly inhabit Florida's hot forests.
Nesting blue-headed earthen pigeon
Grouse pigeons nest on trees. They make a nest among a dense crown. The female lays 2 eggs, which she incubates on her own.
Features of the behavior of plum-headed pigeons
A blue-headed earthen pigeon takes off from the trees, making a characteristic noise, like a hazel grouse. This take-off feature gave the bird its name - the hazel grouse. While moving on the ground, the birds extend their neck, as if examining the surroundings, and raise their tail.The plum-headed pigeon makes characteristic sounds in flight, similar to the voice of a hazel grouse. Therefore, he was nicknamed.
Captive grouse pigeons
When breeding a grouse pigeon in captivity, lovers of birds should know that this bird, when kept in an aviary, behaves inactive. The behavior of the pigeon is affected by insufficient sunlight. In this case, the birds simply sit in the corner, having frizzled, with ruffled feathers.
Apparently, grouse pigeon is too heat-loving bird and does not tolerate low temperatures. In addition, constant dampness negatively affects the motility of the bird.Grouse pigeons can be kept in captivity.
A temperature of 25 degrees should be constantly maintained in a room with pigeons.
With proper care, blue-headed earthen pigeons are an interesting sight to watch. The peculiar color pleases bird lovers with rich tones in sunlight.