Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Black Cuckoo-dove (Turacoena modesta)


French: Phasianelle modeste German: Timortaube Spanish: Paloma de Timor
Other common names: Slaty Cuckoo-dove, Black Dove, Timor Black Pigeon

Columba modesta


, 1835,



Closely related to T. manadensis. Monotypic.


Timor and Wetar; recently recorded on Roti (Tapuafu Peninsula)#R and Atauro#R.

Descriptive notes

38·5 cm. Dark bluish slate throughout, paler on head and underparts and almost black on wings and tail; crown, nape, neck, breast and upper mantle feathers fringed... read more


Advertising call a long series of notes that gradually accelerate, starting with long purrs that... read more


Primary and tall secondary monsoon forest from lowlands up to 1100 m; also found in woodland and... read more

Food and feeding

Forages at medium height in bushes and small trees, sometimes in open situations; seen alone or in twos. No further information available. read more


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Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Uncommon to rare in Timor; habitat has been much reduced and fragmented, particularly in W Timor. Recent... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Black Cuckoo-dove (Turacoena modesta). 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 16 October 2018).