Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Finsch's Imperial-pigeon (Ducula finschii)


French: Carpophage de Finsch German: Finschfruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula de Finsch

Carpophaga Finschii

E. P. Ramsay

, 1882,

no locality; apparently New Britain


Closely related to D. rufigaster, D. basilica and D. obiensis, and all four sometimes considered conspecific. Monotypic.


Bismarck Archipelago: New Hanover, New Ireland, Watom, New Britain and Umboi.

Descriptive notes

35–38 cm; 383 g. Head, neck, upper mantle and upper breast pale bluish grey washed pink; white ring around eye; primaries bluish black; tail bluish black with broad... read more


Not well documented. Only vocalization recorded is a repeated, slightly burry, low-pitched... read more


Lowland, foothill and lower montane forest, up to c. 1500 m. However, this readily detectable... read more

Food and feeding

Frugivorous; no other information available.


No information available.


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. The population is estimated at 15,000–30,000 birds. Species is very little known and apparently rare;... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Finsch's Imperial-pigeon (Ducula finschii). 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 19 February 2020).