French: Founingo des Comores German: Komorenfruchttaube Spanish: Paloma azul de las Comoras
Closely related to A. madagascariensis and A. pulcherrimus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. minor
Berlepsch, 1898 – Aldabra Is.
A. s. sganzini
(Bonaparte, 1854) – Comoro Is: Ngazidja (Grand Comoro), Mwali (Mohéli)#R, Ndzuani (Anjouan) and Maore (Mayotte).
27 cm; male 134–158 g, female 171 g. Head, neck and upper breast silvery grey, neck feathers deeply bifurcated and very long; rest of plumage blackish blue, with... read more
Presumed advertising call a series of some 3–5 cooing notes (note duration c. 0·5 seconds, pace 0·5... read more
Inhabits evergreen forest, with altitude range of 500–1500 m on Ngazidja; also found at sea-... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on a variety of berries and fleshy fruit, notably figs (Ficus) and nuts of takamaka tree (Calophyllum tacamahaca).... read more
Birds in breeding condition Sept–Nov; season probably notably longer. Nest is typical pigeon platform, usually 1–6 m above... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Extinct on several of smaller Comoro Is and numbers reduced on others, e.g. Mwali, due to hunting pressure.... read more
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