When the large Ficus drupacea fig trees fruit at Tg Aru beach, they attract 3 different species of pigeons.

Pink-necked Green Pigeon Treron vernans: Very common

Green Imperial Pigeon: Ducula aenea: Common

Pied Imperial Pigeon Ducula bicolor: Very rare

Pied Imperial photos by Eugene Cheah taken on 04 March 2013

Note the Pink-necked Green Pigeon with a very full crop top right in the photo above.

Green Imperial Pigeon feeding on Ficus drupacea

Pink-necked Green Pigeon feeding on Ficus drupacea.


The beach forest at Tg Aru beach, Kota Kinabalu is very rich in birds due to the presence of many large figs trees.

The pigeons roost on the offshore islands opposite the beach and fly across the sea when the figs are fruiting