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.

Food and feeding

Frugivorous; no other information available.


No information available.


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered near-threatened. Species is very little known and apparently rare; reported to be locally frequent in low hills of New Britain... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). 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 20 January 2019).