Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Palau Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus pelewensis)


Taxonomy

French: Ptilope des Palau German: Palaufruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo de las Palau
Taxonomy:

Ptilinopus pelewensis

Hartlaub and Finsch

, 1868,

Palau Islands

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Belongs to the large species-group centred on P. purpuratus (which see); within this, forms part of the subgroup centred on P. porphyraceus (which see); has sometimes been considered conspecific with an expanded P. porphyraceus, but genetic data place it closest to P. richardsii and P. roseicapilla#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Palau Is (Babelthuap S to Angaur).

Descriptive notes

23–25 cm; 93 g. Differs from P. porphyraceus most notably in colour of undertail-coverts. Dark purple cap with a yellow posterior border; rest of head, nape... read more

Voice

Quite vocal, including at night. Advertising call is a rhythmic cooing phrase, starting with 2–3... read more

Habitat

Occurs in a variety of forest habitats.

Food and feeding

Frugivorous; gizzard of a collected bird contained the unbroken fruits of Pinanga insignis. Feeds primarily in the canopy, but... read more

Breeding

Nesting recorded in Sept; a frail platform of twigs, placed in tree or shrub. Clutch 1 white egg.

Movements

No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. One of the most abundant birds on all the major islands of Palau; its numbers were estimated at over 45,000 birds in 1991. It is protected by law,... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Palau Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus pelewensis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54330 on 21 January 2018).