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[Photo No. B-822]

© Winston D. Munnings ’2010 (Framed Print)

The Mariana Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus roseicapilla) also known locally as Mwee’mwe in the Carolinian language, Totot on Guam or Paluman Totut in Northern Mariana Islands, is a small, up to 24 cm long, green fruit dove native and endemic to Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands in the Pacific. It has a red forehead, greyish head, back and breast, and yellow belly patch and undertail coverts.

The female lays a single white egg. The chick and egg are tended to by both parents. Its diet consists mainly of fruits.

Culturally, the Mariana Fruit Dove is a very important symbol of the region. This species is the official bird of the Northern Marianas Islands. In 2005, the Mariana Fruit Dove was originally chosen as the official mascot of the 2006 Micronesian Games in Saipan. However, the official website for the games shows a tropicbird as the official symbol instead of the Mariana Fruit Dove.


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Nikon D300 (Two Bodies) ~ Nikon D200 (Back-Up)

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AF Nikon 50mm (F/1.8) ~ AF Nikon 85mm (F/1.8) ~ AF Nikon 24-70mm (F/2.8) ~ AF Nikon 80-200mm (F/2.8) ~ AF Nikon 105mm (F/2.8) Micro Lens ~ AF Nikon 200mm (F/2.8) Micro Lens ~ AF Nikon 300mm (F/4)

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birds, feathers, wings, mariana fruit dove, fruit dove, doves

Originally from the The Islands I was born in Nassau, historic Capital of the 700 Islands Of The Bahamas Archipelago. I am a former Print Media Journalist & Broadcast Journalist (News Anchor & Editor) for radio and television. I am also retired as Consul General after two decades in the Diplomatic Service of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. I studied Photography at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (A College of Professional Studies) and at the New York Institute of Photography.

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Comments

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Thanks Kathy for your comment and support. Greatly appreciated.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    The Mariana Fruit Dove, Ptilinopus roseicapilla, also known locally as Mwee’mwe in the Carolinian language, Totot on Guam or Paluman Totut in Northern Mariana Islands, is a small, up to 24 cm long, green fruit dove native and endemic to Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands in the Pacific. It has a red forehead, greyish head, back and breast, and yellow belly patch and undertail coverts.

  • Thanks again. You’re truly remarkable. You are obviously a very eminent Birder | curious as to approximately how many birds have you identified over the years!

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Colours and detail are perfect- such beautiful work Winston!

  • Thank you. I really appreciate the feedback on my work.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • Gail Falcon
    Gail Falconover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work! The doves in Florida don’t look anything like that!!

  • (lol) Absolutely correct. Actually, this was a capture at the Aviary here.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • Mariann Kovats
    Mariann Kovatsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work, stunning colors and details!

  • Many thanks for your comments…

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamover 3 years ago

    I think somewhere around the 3000 or so, I’ve traveld quite a bit and have seen many species of bird and know I try to capture wild birds with my camera which is by no means an easy task.

  • It is certainly not easy, but 3000 (or so) confirmed ID’s is most impressive. Peprhaps I’ll come close to that in a second life (lol).
    Cheers, my friend and thanks again.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 3 years ago

    Great capture Wiston, wonderful colors and dof

  • Thanks. Really appreciate your feedback.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful dove, the colours are amazing, and your capture is stunning.

  • Thanks Andrea. Appreciate your continued support.

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    :)))) hhehehehee very sweet! lovely title ! :)made me laugh.

  • Laughing is always good for the soul… Happy you liked Lisabeth !!

    – Winston D. Munnings

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture!!

  • Thanks Joycee, much appreciated.

    – Winston D. Munnings

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