Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Vulnerable

Chestnut-bellied Imperial-pigeon (Ducula brenchleyi)


Taxonomy

French: Carpophage de Brenchley German: Brenchleyfruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula de las Salomón
Taxonomy:

Carpophaga Brenchleyi

G. R. Gray

, 1870,

San Cristobal, Solomon Islands

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Closely related to D. latrans, D. bakeri and D. goliath; this group also shows some affinities with the D. pinon species-group. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Guadalcanal, Malaita and Makira (San Cristobal), in E Solomon Is. Probably extinct on Ulawa, Ugi and Three Sisters.

Descriptive notes

40 cm. Head silvery grey washed pinkish rufous on throat and face, becoming dark blue-grey on hindneck and blackish grey with silvery iridescence on back, rump, wings and... read more

Voice

Commonest call is a bisyllabic, low-pitched, drawn-out hoot “whu-ooooow”, which may also be given... read more

Habitat

Forest; originally occurred from coastal lowlands to mountains, but more recently it was reported... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Frugivorous; reported to feed in same trees as D. pistrinaria. Fig fruits are a sought-after food.

Breeding

Scant information available. A nest has been found in December 10m up and hidden in an epiphyte in a fork of a small Rosewood ... read more

Movements

No information available.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Endangered. The population is estimated to number 1,000–2,499 individuals. The lowland and foothill forest habitat favoured by the... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Chestnut-bellied Imperial-pigeon (Ducula brenchleyi). 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/54387 on 25 May 2019).