African Olive (Rameron) Pigeon | Columba arquatrix

Robert's Birding Information: Rameron (African Olive) Pigeon

The African Olive-Pigeon is a Southern African bird that belongs to the columbidae bird family group which includes birds such as Pigeons, Doves.

The description for the African Olive-Pigeon (Latin name Columba arquatrix) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Columba arquatrix can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 350 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 278. You will find a picture of the African Olive-Pigeon on page 273.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Rameron Pigeon in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the African Olive-Pigeon between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The African Olive-Pigeon is known in Afrikaans as Geelbekbosduif.

The African Olive-Pigeon has a height of 40 cms and weighs around 450 gms. The head is coloured purple, brown while the bill is coloured yellow. The Columba arquatrix has a mauve coloured throat, yellow legs and a purple, brown coloured back. The eyes are yellow.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is purple, brown.

Eyes are yellow.

Bill is yellow.

Legs are yellow.

Throat is mauve.

Back is purple, brown.

African Olive (Rameron) Pigeon Feeding Habits ...

The African Olive-Pigeon is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

The Columba arquatrix forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

African Olive (Rameron) Pigeon Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The African Olive-Pigeon is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 1 to 2 eggs and they are coloured white.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foliage.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

The bird is an urban dweller as well, being at home in parks, gardens and in old vacated buildings.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

It is also seen in flocks.