Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Papuan Mountain-pigeon (Gymnophaps albertisii)


French: Carpophage de d'Albertis German: Albertistaube Spanish: Paloma montana papúa

Gymnophaps albertisii


, 1874,

Andai, north-east Vogelkop, New Guinea


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. a. exsul (E. J. O. Hartert, 1903) – Bacan (NC Moluccas).
  • G. a. albertisii Salvadori, 1874 – Yapen I, mountains of New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain and New Ireland) and D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough I).
  • Descriptive notes

    33–36 cm; 259 g. Head and sides of neck dark grey; upperparts dark grey with a silvery green sheen; back and wing-­covert feathers edged black, giving scaly... read more


    Usually silent. During the breeding season it gives a quiet, low-pitched, upslurred ‘wooooooo m... read more


    Primary forest from sea-level up to 3350 m or higher. Principally in hills and mountains, but may... read more

    Food and feeding

    Takes fruit, including figs and drupes of the laurel Cryptocarpa tessalata. Forages in the canopy; occurs in flocks of 10–40... read more


    Male with enlarged gonads in Jun. Nest is a platform of sticks placed 3·7–5 m up in a small tree; one ground nest in a... read more


    Partly nomadic. In Schrader Mts (EC New Guinea), large numbers have been seen visiting beech... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. In Papua New Guinea species is widely but erratically distributed in E highlands, and locally and seasonally abundant in NE highlands. Apparently... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W. & Horblit, H.M. (2018). Papuan Mountain-pigeon (Gymnophaps albertisii). 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 18 March 2018).