Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Pink-headed Imperial-pigeon (Ducula rosacea)


Taxonomy

French: Carpophage à tête rose German: Inselfruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula rosácea
Taxonomy:

Columba rosacea

Temminck

, 1836,

Timor

.

Closely related to D. whartoni, which is sometimes considered a race of present species; these two related also to D. pistrinaria and D. pickeringii. Birds of Java Sea sometimes treated as race zamydra, but supposed characters (especially brighter iridescence on upperparts) also found in other populations. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Islands in Java Sea (Seribu Is, Karimunjawa, Bawean, Maselembu Besar, Arends), Bali Sea (Kangean) and Flores Sea (Salayar, Tanahjampea, Kalao, Kalaotoa, Tukangbesi), locally N to Moluccas (Loloda Is, NW Halmahera, Bacan, Tayandu Is, Kai Is), and through most of Lesser Sundas (Satonda, Flores, Besar, Pantar, Alor, Roti, Semau, Timor, Wetar, Kisar, Romang, Leti, Moa, Luang, Sermata, Damar, Babar, Tanimbar).

Descriptive notes

39–44 cm; 360–395 g. Head, including uppermost part of throat, pale mauve-pink or salmon pink; remainder of throat and neck pale grey; upper breast pinkish grey... read more

Voice

Commonest call is an accelerating series of 5–7 cooing notes that gradually get shorter, “wooh..... read more

Habitat

Inhabits a variety of forest types, ranging from primary and tall secondary along coast to lowland... read more

Food and feeding

Frugivorous, feeding on figs (Ficus); also on flower buds of Ceiba pentandra; no further information on diet. Occurs in... read more

Breeding

Nests have been found on Wetar in Oct, on Semau I, Lesser Sundas, in May, and at Karimunjawa National Park, Central Java, in Jun; they were... read more

Movements

No information. Given the species’ preference for small islands, it is very likely sometimes... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Little information available, but species reported to be fairly common to common locally on some islands such... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2017). Pink-headed Imperial-pigeon (Ducula rosacea). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/54383 on 24 June 2017).