Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Pied Cuckoo-dove (Reinwardtoena browni)


French: Phasianelle de Brown German: Schwarztaube Spanish: Paloma rabuda de Nueva Bretaña

Macropygia browni

P. L. Sclater

, 1877,

Duke of York Island


Similar plumage patterns of present species and R. reinwardti suggest they are quite closely related. Birds of Admiralty Is sometimes separated as race solitaria; those of Umboi may represent another distinct race. Monotypic.


Admiralty Is (Manus, Rambutyo and Nauna) and Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, New Ireland, New Hanover, Umboi, Lolobau, Duke of York, Lihir, Tabar and Watom).

Descriptive notes

40–46 cm; 279–325 g. Similar to R. reinwardti, but lacks chestnut in plumage. Forehead, crown and hindneck silvery grey becoming white on face, breast... read more


Poorly documented. Reported to be a short note followed by a far-carrying mournful one that rises... read more


Inhabits foothill and montane forests up to at least 1000 m in New Britain; preferably found in... read more

Food and feeding

Known to eat berries.


No information available.


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Very little known about status, but species is considered to be generally uncommon. Given its apparent... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Pied Cuckoo-dove (Reinwardtoena browni). 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 22 March 2018).