Re: fruit-dove collisions

Subject: Re: fruit-dove collisions
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 14:24:32 +1000 (EST)
Dear scouler -

At 10:12 30/04/1998 +1000, you wrote:
>I have seen references in several sources to Superb Fruit-doves
>(Ptilinopus superbus) and Rose-crowned Fruit-doves (Ptilinopus regina)
>often flying into windows, glass doors and lighthouses. Any theories on
>why these species are so prone to such accidents?

Mention of lighthouses is suggestive.  When living in Sabah (northern
Borneo) in a house facing out to sea, the occasional fruit-dove (or pitta)
would crash (presumably dazzled) into a lighted window at night.  Either
seasonal migration, or responses to fruiting trees on offshore islands, may
have been the reason for the coastal movements - and at night to avoid

Cheers,  Hugo.

Hugo Phillipps,
Birds Australia Conservation & Liaison,
Australian Bird Research Centre,
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Hawthorn East, VIC 3123, Australia.
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