Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Pale Mountain-pigeon (Gymnophaps solomonensis)


French: Carpophage des Salomon German: Malaitataube Spanish: Paloma montana de las Salomón

Gymnophaps solomonensis


, 1931,

Malaita, Solomon Islands




Mountainous areas in Solomon Is: on Bougainville, Kolombangara, Vangunu, Guadalcanal and Malaita#R.

Descriptive notes

38 cm; 310–385 g. Head and neck whitish grey, lighter on throat and upper breast; lower breast and belly buffy pink; vent and undertail-coverts pale grey; mantle, back... read more


Not very vocal. A possible recording documents a double low-pitched hoot with a slightly vibrating... read more


Montane forests, mainly at 750–1950 m, but recorded at 100–940 m on Kolombangara.... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually unknown. Observed eating small-seeded fruit. Flocks of up to 25 individuals regularly seen, and a flock of c. 100 birds has been... read more


Little information available. Eight to ten nests found on Kolombangara were along 80–100 m of a narrow ridge with thick mossy ground... read more


Performs vertical movements locally. on Kolombangara in October found roosting in hundreds in the... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Limited information available on current status, but locally common on Kolombangara, occurring in hundreds at roosts on the crater... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Pale Mountain-pigeon (Gymnophaps solomonensis). 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 30 March 2020).