Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Blue-capped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus monacha)


French: Ptilope moine German: Blaukappen-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo monje
Other common names: Blue-crowned Fruit-dove

Columba monacha


, 1824,

Sulawesi; error = Halmahera


Related to the large species-group centred on P. purpuratus (which see); genetic data indicate present species and P. pulchellus are basal to this group#R; often linked with P. coronulatus. Monotypic.


N Moluccas from Morotai S to Obi and Damar.

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm. Forehead and crown blue bordered by a bright yellow stripe running from in front of and over eye; malar patches and patch on breast also blue; throat stripe,... read more


Advertising call is a repeated high-pitched drawn-out cooing note (duration c.  0·9–1·2... read more


Inhabits lowland forest, forest edge and woodland, up to 750 m on Halmahera; also occurs in... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; often gathers in small groups at fruiting trees.


No information available.


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered near-threatened. Generally not very common but apparently difficult to observe, so may be more abundant than the few records... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Blue-capped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus monacha). 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 21 January 2019).