Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Collared Imperial-pigeon (Ducula mullerii)


French: Carpophage de Müller German: Schwarzhals-Fruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula acollarada
Other common names: Muller's Imperial-pigeon

Columba mullerii


, 1835,

“Dourga River”, south New Guinea


Often placed in a species-group with D. pinon, D. salvadorii and D. melanochroa; affinities between this group and the D. latrans complex have also been suggested. Geographical differences slight, and validity of races may require reassessment. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. m. aurantia (A. B. Meyer, 1893) – N New Guinea from Bintuni Bay and E shore of Geelvink Bay E to Astrolabe Bay.
  • D. m. mullerii (Temminck, 1835) – lowland S New Guinea from Mimika R E to Brown R, including offshore islands of Boigu, Saibai and Daru; Aru Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    38–41 cm; 540–650 g. Forehead, lores and crown greyish pink; lower face, chin and throat silvery grey; distinctive black collar completely encircles neck,... read more


    The advertising call is a deep, three-note series in which a long upslurred notes is followed by a... read more


    Primary rain forest in the lowlands, especially along rivers; also swamp forest and mangroves. It... read more

    Food and feeding

    Frugivorous; feeds on a variety of fruits, including members of the Arecaceae, Annonaceae and Sapindaceae. Seen singly or in pairs,... read more


    Occurs in both wet and dry seasons; eggs in Western Province in mid-Jul, in Trans-Fly from mid-Sept to Oct, and in R Sepik area in late Dec... read more


    Little information. Like other Ducula, probably undertakes extensive local movements... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Usually considered to be common, but little specific population information available. Described as commonest pigeon in the Bintuni... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Collared Imperial-pigeon (Ducula mullerii). 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 9 April 2020).