very large bird
Culebra, Puerto Rico, April 9, 2016
Bosque Estatal Susua, Puerto Rico, April 6, 2016
Big Tree Trail
This bird has been visiting the backyard here for days. At one point it was picking small fruits off a wild tree and I did wonder if it had nestlings to feed as it kept going back and forth so many times across the yard.
It is a fairly large heavy bird, but it flies from one side of the yard to the other and lands in the trees, is rather shy, and no way am I going to be able to make a decent image of it using the iPod Touch!
However I can see what it is. These birds used to live mostly up the mountain (Nevis Peak) but now they are found sometimes down by the coast like this.
It is a large dark pigeon with a reddish nape and a long dark tail -- most of the body is slate grey. When the bird de-accelerates before landing, the tail spreads out to form a large wide fan-shaped surface.
We saw this species only a few times, and it never posed for a photo unlike all the other photogenic doves.
The Scaly-naped Pigeon (Patagioenas squamosa), also known as the Red-necked Pigeon, is a bird belonging to the family Columbidae. The species occurs throughout the Caribbean.