Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Blue-tailed Imperial-pigeon (Ducula concinna)


French: Carpophage à queue bleue German: Blauschwanz-Fruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula coliazul
Other common names: Elegant Imperial-pigeon, Yellow-eyed Imperial-pigeon

Carpophaga concinna


, 1865,

Watubela Island, south-east Moluccas


Forms a species-group with D. aenea, D. oenothorax, D. perspicillata and D. neglecta. Several subspecies have been described, including separata (Kai Besar) and aru (Aru Is), but differences appear minor and perhaps clinal, although not well understood at present. Monotypic.


Small islands of Wallacea: Talaud Is and Sangihe Is, islands off S Sulawesi, S Moluccas (including Banda Is, Manuk and Kai Is; one record from Buru, presumed to be of vagrant) and E Lesser Sundas (Romang to Tanimbar Is) E to Aru Is. Also islands off Bomberai Peninsula (W New Guinea); recorded on Biak I (NW New Guinea)#R.

Descriptive notes

43 cm. Head, neck and upper mantle pale silvery grey with delicate pink tinge on hindcrown and nape and narrow white ring of feathers at base of bill; rest of upperparts... read more


Gives a loud, guttural almost barking ‘urrauw’ at irregular intervals, interspersed with... read more


Primary and secondary forest, as well as forest edge and cultivation with trees; mainly in lowlands... read more

Food and feeding

Frugivorous; known to feed on young coconut fruits. Apparently no further data from normal range, but a vagrant in Darwin (NC Australia)... read more


No information available.


Poorly known. Commonly occurs in flocks and thought to move between small islands in search of food... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Apparently reliant on remnant forest patches. Little precise information on status, but species still regular on Sangihe at 200–800 m; also... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W. & Horblit, H.M. (2018). Blue-tailed Imperial-pigeon (Ducula concinna). 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 23 October 2018).