Bare-eyed Pigeon (Patagioenas squamosa)

2017februari_ Ala Blanka_1600FB_350Did you know the Bared-eyed pigeon was almost gone from our landscape in the 80’s?! Hunting decreased the number of this, now very wide spread, species to a very low level. In the 90’s agricultural initiatives with traditional methods diminished and as such the hunting also got less. (This is just one of the reasons). Now these Ala-blankas are almost a pest in certain areas on the island. Especially at the end of the day flocks of these birds can be seen which exeed 200 birds, looking for a place to sleep.
These pigeons are the prey of Crested Caracara’s (if they feel like hunting) and also the visiting Peregrine Falcon.