Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Grey-headed Imperial-pigeon (Ducula radiata)


French: Carpophage à queue barrée German: Rotflanken-Fruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula colibarrada
Other common names: Grey-headed Zone-tailed Pigeon

Columba radiata

Quoy and Gaimard

, 1830,

Menado, Sulawesi


Very closely related to D. mindorensis, with which sometimes considered conspecific; closely related also to D. poliocephala and D. forsteni; this species-group may form a link between Ptilinopus fruit-doves and other imperial-pigeons. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

36–39 cm; 295 g. Male has head, sides of neck, breast and underparts pale grey, mixed with dull chestnut on flanks and belly; undertail-coverts chestnut; blackish... read more


Apparently rarely vocalizes. Only a subdued, monosyllabic “huh” has been described.


Montane forest at 200–2400 m, both within dense forest and at edge; most numerous at c. 1600... read more

Food and feeding

Forages in middle storey and lower canopy; feeds in flocks. An obligate frugivore, taking tree fruits, notably figs.  A flock of... read more


Records of eggs in December and March. The clutch size is one egg. Nests are placed sometimes (perhaps usually) in hollows or on sheltered... read more


Appears to be somewhat nomadic, performing altitudinal movements either locally or seasonally, or... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Reported to be widespread but generally uncommon, although can be common locally or perhaps seasonally. Found to be uncommon in Dumoga-Bone National... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Grey-headed Imperial-pigeon (Ducula radiata). 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 13 December 2019).