Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)


New Britain Bronzewing (Henicophaps foersteri)


French: Colombine de Nouvelle-Bretagne German: Rotscheiteltaube Spanish: Paloma bronce de Nueva Bretaña

Henicophaps foersteri

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1906,

Massawa, New Britain


Closely related to H. albifrons. Monotypic.


S Bismarck Archipelago on Umboi, New Britain and nearby Lolobau.

Descriptive notes

38 cm. Forehead buffy, merging with rufous of crown, hindneck, upper mantle and sides of breast; rest of mantle, wings and tail sooty grey to purple; throat to auriculars... read more


Poorly documented. Advertising call said to be a monotonously repeated “pip-yia”, the second note... read more


A lowland old-growth forest species, known only from primary and mature secondary forest in... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Reported to feed principally on the ground, and presumably has feeding methods similar to those of H. albifrons... read more


Local people report that nests are placed low in a shrub or small tree, and that 2 eggs are laid.


No information.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. A scarce species that was regarded as rare even in the early years of 20th century, at the time of its discovery. The... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., de Juana, E., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). New Britain Bronzewing (Henicophaps foersteri). 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 9 December 2019).