Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)


Palau Ground-dove (Alopecoenas canifrons)


French: Gallicolombe des Palau German: Graustirntaube Spanish: Paloma perdiz de las Palau
Other common names: Grey-fronted Ground-dove

Phlegoenas [sic] canifrons

Hartlaub and Finsch

, 1872,



Affinities unclear: may be close to A. beccarii and A. johannae, and the three appear also to be related to the A. jobiensis complex; alternatively, may be related to A. hoedtii, and more distantly to A. beccarii, A. johannae, A. sanctaecrucis and A. stairi. Monotypic.


Palau, from Babelthuap S to Angaur.

Descriptive notes

22 cm. Head and breast bluish grey, darker on the crown and paler on upper breast; throat whitish; lower breast tinged pinkish, with white posterior margin to breast shield;... read more


Advertising call is a series of some 10–20 short, slightly upslurred hoots, at a pace of c. 1·5... read more


Forested areas. Apparently commonest on the limestone rock islands S of Koror.

Food and feeding

Little information. Reported to take hard seeds. Feeds on the ground, particularly in accumulations of soil and leaf litter.


No information available.


No information on movements or on size of home range. Rarely flies above the canopy, and is... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Previously considered Near Threatened. Very little precise information available, but population currently believed to number fewer than 1000 mature individuals (... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Christie, D.A., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Palau Ground-dove (Alopecoenas canifrons). 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 June 2019).