Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Orange-bellied Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus iozonus)


French: Ptilope à ventre orange German: Orangebauch-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo ventrinaranja

Ptilonopus [sic] iozonus

G. R. Gray

, 1858,

Aru Islands


Closely related to P. insolitus; these two may form a species-group with P. hyogastrus and P. granulifrons, and perhaps also P. nainus and P. melanospilus; genetic data#R place this species in the group centred on P. tannensis (which see). Subspecific name iobiensis sometimes misspelt “jobiensis”. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. i. humeralis Wallace, 1862 – W Papuan Is, and W New Guinea lowlands from Vogelkop E along S coast to Fly R.
  • P. i. iozonus G. R. Gray, 1858 – Aru Is.
  • P. i. iobiensis Schlegel, 1871 – Yapen I, and N New Guinea from Mamberamo R E (including islands of Tarawai, Kariru, Manam and Karkar) to Astrolabe Bay.
  • P. i. pseudohumeralis Rand, 1938 – upper Fly R, around junction of Palmer R and along Black R.
  • P. i. finschi Mayr, 1931 – Huon Peninsula and Fly R E to SE New Guinea.
  • Descriptive notes

    20–22 cm; 105–112 g. General colour green, with a large orange patch on belly; undertail-coverts and vent yellow or white, marked with green; small greyish mauve... read more


    High-pitched. The ‘hoo’ series begins with a longer upslurred note, a slight pause and... read more


    Inhabits a variety of forest types and wooded areas, especially open habitats; typically in second... read more

    Food and feeding

    Frugivorous; depends on figs (Moraceae) for most of its food; near Port Moresby, various figs together constituted 84% of diet by volume;... read more


    Apparently occurs all year round: morphological data indicate that, although gonad size peaks in late dry season (Nov–Dec), both... read more


    Little information; reported to be mainly sedentary, and to undertake only local movements in... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in many areas, locally even abundant; common in lowlands of Papua New Guinea, where is usually the most abundant member of the genus.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W. & Horblit, H.M. (2018). Orange-bellied Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus iozonus). 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 19 October 2018).