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 (Least Concern). Described as common to abundant on mainland New Guinea, common on Kariru island and scarce on other islands such as Karkar. Common in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). 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 25 January 2020).