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The Yellow-footed Green Pigeon (Treron phoenicoptera) also known as Yellow-legged Green Pigeon is a common species of Green Pigeon found in the Indian Subcontinent. It is also the State bird of Maharashtra, India. In local language it is called Hariyal. The species feeds on fruits of a large variety of fruit trees including a number of species of Ficus. They forage in flocks. In the early morning they are often seen sunning on the tops of emergent trees in dense forest areas.
They are said to have been observed in dense forest areas, atop high canopies and are rarely seen at ground level. They breed in forests and densely vegetated areas and search for different fruits from a variety of trees.
This was a very good spotting from our house terrace, where I observed them taking rest in the neighboring tamarind tree, adjacent to the road, in front of our house. They came in a group and were hiding between the branches, making it difficult to spot. Suspicious movements in the tree sparked me to point my eyes to this tree to spot this very rare visitor, never observed before in our area. Since this spotting, they have been seen quite a lot of times flying around in the evening.