Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Comoro Blue-pigeon (Alectroenas sganzini)


French: Founingo des Comores German: Komorenfruchttaube Spanish: Paloma azul de las Comoras

Funingus sganzini


, 1854,

Comoro Islands


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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Comoro Blue-pigeon (Alectroenas sganzini). 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 14 December 2018).