French: Phasianelle de Mackinlay German: Mackinlaytaube Spanish: Tórtola cuco de Mackinlay
Other common names: Spot-breasted Cuckoo-dove
E. P. Ramsay, 1878,
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. arossi
Tristram, 1879 – Karkar I (off NE New Guinea), Admiralty and St Matthias Is, Squally, Watom (off NE New Britain) and Witu Is, Talasea district of WC New Britain, and Solomon Is.
M. m. troughtoni
Kinghorn, 1937 – Santa Cruz Is.
M. m. mackinlayi
E. P. Ramsay, 1878 – Vanuatu.
27–31 cm; 87 g. Polymorphic in nominate race, with grey and rufous morphs. Rufous morph male is deep reddish brown all over, darkest on upperparts but lighter on head... read more
A melodious, mellow, repeated, disyllabic ‘vo ku’, the first syllable higher-pitched than... read more
Inhabits second growth, clearings, gardens and disturbed areas in primary forest; occurs at middle... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on seeds and small fruits including, in Vanuatu, those of the introduced chilli bush (Capsicum fretescens) and Lantana... read more
Season Sept–Feb in Vanuatu. Nest is saucer-shaped platform of the typical pigeon structure in a palm, tree-fern, vine-tangle or... read more
Suspected of being merely a vagrant to New Britain, where it is rare; also one sight record from... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Considered to be fairly common on Karkar I; widespread but only locally common through the Solomons; fairly common though not numerous throughout... read more
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