Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Crested Cuckoo-dove (Reinwardtoena crassirostris)


French: Phasianelle huppée German: Helmtaube Spanish: Paloma rabuda crestada

Turacœna crassirostris


, 1856,

Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands


Formerly separated in monotypic genus Coryphoenas. Monotypic.


Solomon Is, from Bougainville SE to Makira (San Cristobal).

Descriptive notes

40–41 cm. Head and crest pale purplish grey; crown and nape feathers with hairy texture; throat white; sides of neck and breast bluish grey, darker on rest of... read more


Advertising call consists of two alternating, far-carrying, whistled notes, the first rising in... read more


Forest and occasionally second growth in lowland and montane areas from sea-level up to at least... read more

Food and feeding

Takes fruit, including those of Boerlagiodendron and Schefflera. Generally feeds in trees, but will sometimes come to the... read more


Reported to have a clutch of 1 egg. No further details available.


Suspected of being nomadic, but no precise details available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very little information available, and biology virtually unknown. Species is described as being rare on Bougainville; widespread and present at many... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Crested Cuckoo-dove (Reinwardtoena crassirostris). 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).