Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Black-chinned Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus leclancheri)


Taxonomy

French: Ptilope de Leclancher German: Schwarzkinn-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo barbinegro
Taxonomy:

Trerolaema leclancheri

Bonaparte

, 1855,

New Guinea; error = Philippines

.

Formerly placed in genus Leucotreron. Closely related to R. epius, R. subgularis and R. mangoliensis. Race taiwanus provisionally accepted, but founded on single, possibly aberrant individual and requires validation#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. l. taiwanus (Ripley, 1962) – Taiwan (mainly in S).
  • R. l. longialis (Manuel, 1936) – Lanyu Is (off SE Taiwan), and Batan, Calayan and Camiguin Norte (N Philippines).
  • R. l. leclancheri (Bonaparte, 1855) – Philippine Is (except N isles, Calamian Group, Palawan, Basilan and Sulu Archipelago).
  • R. l. gironieri (J. P. Verreaux & Des Murs, 1862) – SW Philippines: Calamian Group (Calauit, Busuanga and Culion) and Palawan.
  • Descriptive notes

    26–28 cm; male 174 g, female 153–159 g. Head, neck and breast silvery grey, tinged with green on nape and hindneck; chin patch black; grey breast divided from... read more

    Voice

    Advertising call is a repeated single overslurred cooing note (duration c. 0·4 seconds, maximum... read more

    Habitat

    Inhabits forest and dense second growth in the lowlands up to at least 700 m.

    Food and feeding

    Known to feed on fruit taken from the branches, but no precise information available.

    Breeding

    Nests with eggs have been found on Luzon in Apr, and on Camiguin Norte in Apr and Jun. Typical pigeon nest in shrub or tree 1·5... read more

    Movements

    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly widely distributed, but considered to be generally uncommon on most islands in its range; however, its retiring behaviour may, in part, have... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Black-chinned Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus leclancheri). 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/54319 on 18 July 2018).