Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Kosrae Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus hernsheimi)


French: Ptilope de Kosrae German: Korsraefruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo de Kosrae

Ptilopus Hernsheimi


, 1880,

Kosrae, Caroline Islands


Belongs to the large species-group centred on P. purpuratus (which see); within this, forms part of the subgroup centred on P. porphyraceus. Formerly considered a race of P. ponapensis, but in recent years both commonly lumped into a polytypic P. porphyraceus. Differs from P. ponapensis on account of its green vs broad brown-tinged black blurry belly patch (3); yellow vs whitish-yellow tail-tip (1); greyer, less yellow-shot breast, mantle and hind-crown (1); smaller size (including shorter bill) (effect size for bill –3.54, score 2). Proposed race †marshallianus (Ebon, in Marshall Is) considered a synonym of hernsheimi. Monotypic.

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Kosrae (E Caroline Is); formerly also on Ebon (Marshall Is).

Descriptive notes

22–24 cm. Sexes alike. Resembles formerly conspecific and allopatric P. ponapensis (see Taxonomy) but is smaller (wing 117·5–128 mm, versus 129–138 mm in ... read more


Apparently undescribed, but territorial song (based on single recording) is a series of coos, some... read more


A forest species, but no specific information is available.

Food and feeding

Frugivorous, but no details of diet are known.


Probably breeds year-round, laying a single-egg clutch in a stick nest. No specific information available.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population size has not been quantified, but is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Kosrae Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus hernsheimi). 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 14 December 2019).