Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)


Chestnut-bellied Imperial-pigeon (Ducula brenchleyi)


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

Carpophaga Brenchleyi

G. R. Gray

, 1870,

San Cristobal, Solomon Islands


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


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


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


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.


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


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. (2020). 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 on 27 January 2020).