Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Barking Imperial-pigeon (Ducula latrans)


French: Carpophage de Peale German: Braunschwanz-Fruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula ladradora
Other common names: Peale's Imperial-pigeon

Carpophaga latrans


, 1848,



Closely related to D. brenchleyi, D. bakeri and D. goliath; this group also shows some affinities with the D. pinon species-group. Monotypic.


Fiji, mainly on large to medium-sized islands.

Descriptive notes

40–41 cm. Upperparts ash grey; back and wings dark brown; underparts pale vinaceous grey, becoming buff on belly; undertail-coverts dark buff; wing-linings chestnut;... read more


Commonest call is a variable series of 3–8 short, emphatic, owl-like hoots “whu!..whu!..whu!..whu... read more


Generally restricted to extensive tracts of mature native forest, from lowlands up to 1000 m;... read more

Food and feeding

Frugivorous, feeding on a variety of fruits. Favours large fruits (12–25+mm in diameter), including Cananga (Annonaceae),... read more


Breeds May–Jan, although peaks in nesting probably vary locally. Nest is an insubstantial platform of twigs built in the fork of a... read more


Little known, with no movements recorded. A strong flier.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Still fairly common in the interior of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Rabi, though populations reduced by hunting and habitat loss in more... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Barking Imperial-pigeon (Ducula latrans). 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 19 February 2020).