French: Carpophage pacifique German: Tongafruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula del Pacífico
Other common names:
J. F. Gmelin
Subspecies and Distribution
D. p. sejuncta
Amadon, 1943 – Wuvulu I, Ninigo Is, Hermit Is and Kaniet Is (off W Bismarck Archipelago) and Schouten Is (off NE New Guinea).
D. p. pacifica
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – Louisiade Achipelago, S Solomons (Ndai, Rennell) and nearby Sikaiana S to Santa Cruz Is, Vanuatu, Loyalty Is and New Caledonia, and E to Tuvalu, Phoenix Is, Tokelau, Fiji (smaller islands), Wallis and Futuna, Samoa, Tonga, Niue I and Cook Is.
36–41 cm, 370–420 g. Head and neck light grey, breast grey with pinkish cast; back, tail and wings blackish green; wing-lining slate-grey; undertail-coverts... read more
The advertising call is a five-note series ‘wooiip-pu pu po po’. Also produces four... read more
On larger islands (e.g. in Samoa), found in montane rain forests up to at least 1000 m; on smaller... read more
Food and feeding
Amost entirely frugivorous, although young leaves and flowers are eaten on occasion. Studies on Tutuila (American Samoa) confirmed feeding... read more
On Tutuila, nesting Jan–Sept, with most records from May–Aug. On 'Eua (S Tonga), recently fledged juveniles commonest in... read more
Has been reported to move between islands seasonally to exploit fruit crops. Also found on small,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Populations on many islands have declined significantly due to hunting and habitat loss. In Vanuatu, where species remains fairly common only in... read more
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