Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Cloven-feathered Dove (Drepanoptila holosericea)


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

Columba Holosericea


, 1809,

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




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


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


Native forests, including dense forest; also open woodland, and niaouli savanna dominated by ... read more

Food and feeding

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


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


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. Population estimated in 1993 to be over 5000 birds, but appears to be declining;... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). 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 on 18 March 2018).