Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Beautiful Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus)


Taxonomy

French: Ptilope mignon German: Rotkappen-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo bonito
Taxonomy:

Columba pulchella

Temminck

, 1835,

Lobo Bay, New Guinea

.

Related to the large species-group centred on P. purpuratus (which see); genetic data indicate present species and P. monacha are basal to this group#R; traditionally linked with P. coronulatus. Races scarcely differ and doubtfully valid. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. p. pulchellus (Temminck, 1835) – W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, Misool) and lowland NW, SC & SE New Guinea.
  • P. p. decorus Madarász, 1910 – N New Guinea lowlands from E shore of Geelvink Bay E to Astrolabe Bay.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–20 cm; 68–76 g. Forehead and crown purplish red; sides of head, foreneck and breast grey; throat and forepart of face white; many feathers of lower breast... read more

    Voice

    The ‘hoo’ series is high-pitched and accelerates moderately; the pitch varies and... read more

    Habitat

    Primary and secondary forest, mainly at medium altitude up to 750 m, though locally in lowlands and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Frugivorous, taking fruit from a variety of trees, shrubs, palms and vines. Active and acrobatic when feeding; usually feeds singly or in... read more

    Breeding

    Active nests have been found in Jun–Aug but only limited information available; in Port Moresby area, morphological data on several... read more

    Movements

    No information on local or regional movements. Flight swift and direct.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Few details available, but species reported to be common in many areas; said typically to be commoner than P. coronulatus in areas of co-... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W. & Horblit, H.M. (2018). Beautiful Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54344 on 14 November 2018).