Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Cloven-feathered Dove (Drepanoptila holosericea)


Taxonomy

French: Ptilope vlouvlou German: Spaltschwingentaube Spanish: Tilopo de Nueva Caledonia
Taxonomy:

Columba Holosericea

Temminck

, 1809,

Sandwich Island (= Éfaté, in south Vanuatu); error = New Caledonia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

New Caledonia and I of Pines.

Descriptive notes

Male 32 cm, 220 g; female 28 cm, 160 g. Plump, compact shape with short, rounded wings and very short broad tail; primaries notched. General colour a rich green with a... read more

Voice

Presumed advertising call is a peculiar phrase of five cooing notes: a short low-pitched coo is... read more

Habitat

Native forests, notably humid forest at 100–1000m above sea level. It is tolerant of... read more

Food and feeding

Little information; feeds on fruits and berries including those of figs and aralid trees.

Breeding

Breeds Aug–Nov. Nest is a flimsy platform of twigs, placed in a tree or shrub. Reported to lay 2 eggs, which would be unusual for a... read more

Movements

No information on home range or movements. Flight sound is unusual, described as a quite loud... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. The population was estimated in 1993 to be over 5000 birds but this did not... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Cloven-feathered Dove (Drepanoptila holosericea). 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/54360 on 27 June 2019).