Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Philippine Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia tenuirostris)


French: Phasianelle des Philippines German: Philippinentaube Spanish: Tórtola cuco filipina
Other common names: Reddish Cuckoo-dove

Macropygia tenuirostris


, 1854,

vicinity of Manila, Philippines


Closely related to M. rufipennis, M. emiliana, M. magna, M. amboinensis and M. phasianella, and all six sometimes considered conspecific; present species perhaps closest to M. emiliana or M. phasianella, having at times been listed as a race of one or other; species limits of group poorly understood, and further study required in order to clarify precise relationships within this whole complex. Birds of Batan sometimes separated as race septentrionalis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. t. phaea McGregor, 1904 – Lanyu I (off SE Taiwan) and extreme N Philippines (Batan, Calayan).
  • M. t. tenuirostris Bonaparte, 1854 – Philippines (Luzon S to Palawan, Sulu Archipelago and Mindanao).
  • Descriptive notes

    35·5–40·8 cm; 157–191 g. Head and neck cinnamon-rufous; amethyst sheen on hindneck and upper mantle; minute brown freckles on mantle; back, rump,... read more


    Advertising call consists of a repeated overslurred whistle combined with two fainter and shorter... read more


    Forest, second growth and clearings in Philippines, occurring up to c. 2000 m. Prefers heavily... read more

    Food and feeding

    No precise information about diet; species frequents fruiting trees including Ficus in new clearings, forest edge alongside... read more


    Very little information, and only two nests described: single egg found in a depression in a vertical cliff under closed canopy forest in... read more


    Resident. Fast flight over forest canopy.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widely distributed and locally common in Philippines, where appears to be able to withstand forest destruction better than do many... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Philippine Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia tenuirostris). 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 11 December 2019).