French: Carpophage de Micronésie German: Karolinenfruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula de Micronesia
Other common names: Micronesian Pigeon
Kosrae, Caroline Islands.
Subspecies and Distribution
D. o. monacha
(Momiyama, 1922) – Palau Is; also Yap (W Caroline Is), where possibly introduced.
D. o. teraokai
(Momiyama, 1922) – Chuuk (C Caroline Is).
D. o. townsendi
(Wetmore, 1919) – Pohnpei (E Caroline Is).
D. o. oceanica
(Desmarest, 1826) – Kosrae (E Caroline Is).
D. o. ratakensis
(Taka-Tsukasa & Yamashina, 1932) – Wotje, Ailinglaplap, Arno and Jaluit (Marshall Is). Probably extinct in some of the islands.
41–46 cm; 340–406 g. Upperparts blackish with a greenish blue sheen; head, neck and breast grey, and the abdomen and undertail-coverts rufous brown; adults have... read more
Advertising call is an accelerating series of 5–9 raspy, growling notes that gradually become... read more
Appears to favour interior montane forest, although this may be due in part to hunting pressure in... read more
Food and feeding
Frugivorous; feeds on a variety of fruits and large fleshy seeds; on Kosrae and Ant Atoll, feeds on ripe breadfruit; other reported food... read more
Thought to occur all year round, but little precise information available. Nest constructed of loose twigs and placed in the fork of a... read more
Known to fly between islands of large atolls, e.g. Chuuk; also within island groups, e.g. Palau. A... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Race teraokai, on Chuuk, is critically endangered; numbers were estimated to be only 51 individuals,... read more
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