Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Geelvink Imperial-pigeon (Ducula geelvinkiana)


Taxonomy

French: Carpophage de Geelvink German: Geelvink-Fruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula de Geelvink
Taxonomy:

Carpophaga geelvinkiana

Schlegel

, 1873,

islands in Geelvink Bay

.

Hitherto considered conspecific with D. myristicivora, but differs on account of its lack of black knob on bill (3); lack of pale vinous wash on hindneck (2); yellow iris, based on photographic evidence (at least 2); darker grey head, breast and mantle, with dirtier, darker lower underparts (ns[1]); greener-glossed vs bluer-glossed rump (inconstant character; entire upperparts of geelvinkiana tend to be more strongly green [ns]); smaller size (wing length effect size –1.636; score 1). Also closely related to D. rubricera; a close relationship with D. concinna has also been suggested. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Islands of Numfor, Biak and Mios Num, in Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).

Descriptive notes

38 cm. Resembles formerly conspecific D. myristicivora (see Taxonomy comments) but smaller (wing 227–232 mm, versus 257–260 mm). Lacks pink on hindcrown, ear-coverts... read more

Voice

Advertising call a medium-pitched, coarse “crwwooo” repeated incessantly at rate of one per second... read more

Habitat

Occurs in forest of all types, including secondary and logged areas, from sea-level to 500 m.

Food and feeding

No information available, although presumably exclusively frugivorous, gathering at fruiting trees, usually alone or in pairs.

Breeding

Nothing known.

Movements

Probably mainly resident, but there is at least one mainland record, from hill forests at c. 400 m... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common on islands in Geelvink Bay. Presence on nearby mainland (see Movements), whether as a wanderer or, presumably scarce, resident remains to be... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2018). Geelvink Imperial-pigeon (Ducula geelvinkiana). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/467159 on 14 November 2018).