Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)


Banggai Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus subgularis)


French: Ptilope des Banggai German: Banggaifruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo de Banggai

Ptilopus subgularis

A. B. Meyer and Wiglesworth

, 1896,

Peleng and Banggai


Formerly placed in genus Leucotreron. Until recently, considered conspecific with R. epius and R. mangoliensis, but epius has less greenish yellow on hindneck, larger buff breast patch and paler undertail-coverts; mangoliensis lacks breast spot, has greener nape, and underside with broad greenish-yellow feather tips. Song different from both. Monotypic.


Banggai Is (Peleng and Banggai), off E Sulawesi.

Descriptive notes

33–36 cm; 142 g. Head, neck and most of underparts silvery grey tinged greenish yellow on hindneck; small patch on upper throat dark chestnut; large buff patch on lower... read more


A series of c. 20 “whoop” notes (more than in both R. epius and R. subgularis)... read more


Mainly in primary forest, but also frequents some secondary and disturbed areas from lowlands to... read more

Food and feeding

Known to take fruits from branches and is exclusively arboreal, but no other information.


A simple platform nest constructed of small branches, found in montane forest, attended by a single adult (unsexed), was found in early May... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Global population may be of the order of 2500–10,000 mature individuals, or 3500–15,000 birds in total. Thought to be suffering moderately rapid... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Banggai Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus subgularis). 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 on 18 January 2020).