Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon-bellied Imperial-pigeon (Ducula basilica)


French: Carpophage des Moluques German: Zimtbauch-Fruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula moluqueña

Ducula basilica


, 1854,



Hitherto considered conspecific with D. obiensis but differs in its pinkish-white vs grey-pink breast (2); paler rusty belly to vent (subscore 1), black underwing coverts (subscore 2) (total score 3); grey-pink vs  pinkish-rufous hindcrown, nape and upper neck-sides (2). Also closely related to D. rufigaster and D. finschii, and all four sometimes considered conspecific. Monotypic.


N Moluccas on Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate, Kasiruta and Bacan.

Descriptive notes

c. 36–42 cm. Medium-sized, rather plump and short-tailed imperial-pigeon, with comparatively striking plumage. Head, sides of neck and breast pale pink; rest of... read more


Described as unmistakable and is rather vocal throughout the day, but especially during early... read more


Dense primary and selectively logged evergreen forest, as well as wooded cultivation; typically... read more

Food and feeding

No information available on diet, but is usually observed singly or in pairs or small groups foraging in the canopy or subcanopy.


Nothing known.


No information available, but presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). In general, appears to be fairly common to common throughout its limited range, but is uncommon to rare in coastal areas. Total... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Cinnamon-bellied Imperial-pigeon (Ducula basilica). 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 19 February 2020).