Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)


Flame-breasted Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus marchei)


French: Ptilope de Marche German: Blutschwingen-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo de Marche
Other common names: Marche’s Fruit-dove

Ptilopus (Rhamphiculus) Marchei


, 1880,

Luzon, Philippines


Formerly placed in genus Leucotreron. Most closely allied to R. merrilli. Monotypic.


Luzon (N Philippines).

Descriptive notes

34–38 cm; 320–333 g. Large, very colourful fruit-dove; forehead, crown, nape and malar area rusty carmine; ear-coverts black, forming large black patch on side of... read more


Advertising call is a repeated, single, overslurred low-pitched coo (duration c. 0·6–0·7 seconds,... read more


Found in montane forest, especially primary forest, at altitudes of 500–2500 m.

Food and feeding

No information available.


Nesting apparently undescribed; an immature specimen taken in Dec appears to be the only information on timing of breeding.


No information available.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Rare and local, remaining fairly common only in small areas of primary forest above 850 m. Habitat loss and hunting are serious threats; still trapped and offered... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Flame-breasted Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus marchei). 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 18 October 2018).