Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Louisiade Imperial-pigeon (Ducula salvadorii)


French: Carpophage de Salvadori German: Rotaugen-Fruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula de las Louisiade

Carpophaga salvadorii


, 1882,

St Aignan, Louisiade Archipelago


Often placed in a species-group with D. pinon, D. melanochroa and D. mullerii; affinities have also been suggested between these species and the D. latrans complex. Hitherto considered conspecific with D. pinon, but differs from nominate pinon on account of its reduced (but not absent) white supraorbital ring (ns[1]); pale grey-pink vs dove-grey crown (2); grey uppertail-coverts (2); and darker (and less pink) grey-pink upper body (mantle, breast and head except crown) and underparts, with no sharp demarcation between breast and belly (3). It differs from D. p. jobiensis in the first three characters listed above against D. p. pinon, plus lack of broad pale grey scaling on wing-coverts (3) and paler upper body (ns[1]). Monotypic.


D’Entrecasteaux Is (Goodenough, Fergusson, Normanby) and Louisiade Archipelago (Misima, Tagula, Rossel).

Descriptive notes

40–44 cm. Resembles larger and formerly conspecific D. pinon (see Taxonomy comments), but entire head pale pink, becoming deeper on mantle and upper back, which are... read more


Not specifically described, but no known differences from D. pinon.


Inhabits forest, both primary and secondary, as well as partially cleared agricultural areas.

Food and feeding

Frugivorous, but no specific dietary information available.


Nothing known.


None known, but probably locally nomadic in response to fruit availability.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Status very poorly known. Considered to be generally fairly common. Population suspected to be stable in absence of evidence for any declines or... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Louisiade Imperial-pigeon (Ducula salvadorii). 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 25 January 2020).