Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Pink-spotted Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus perlatus)


French: Ptilope perlé German: Perlenfruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo perlado

Columba perlata


, 1835,

Lobo Bay, New Guinea


Very closely related to extensively sympatric P. ornatus and P. gestroi, although they tend to be separated ecologically; genetic data#R place this species in the group centred on P. tannensis (which see). Race plumbeicollis (with grey vs mustard-yellow head) distinctive, but museum specimens suggest some variation in plumage characters including width of hindcollar and colour of breast and forehead; further research needed. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. p. perlatus (Temminck, 1835) – Pink-spotted Fruit-dove – W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Salawati), and lowland NW New Guinea (E to Yapen I and Mamberamo R and, in S, to Triton Bay).
  • P. p. zonurus Salvadori, 1876 – Aru Is, and S New Guinea from base of Snow Mts E to D’Entrecasteaux Is (Goodenough I, Fergusson I and Normanby I).
  • P. p. plumbeicollis A. B. Meyer, 1890 – Huon Fruit-dove – NE New Guinea from Astrolabe Bay E to Huon Gulf.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–27 cm; 245–257 g. Head greenish yellow with an olive tinge, narrowly bordered at nape with bronzy gold and separated from green upperparts by a pale bluish... read more


    Calls includes a ‘hoo’ series and a seesaw, both low-pitched. The ‘hoo’... read more


    Frequents forest edge, disturbed and partly cleared areas, rain forest, monsoon forest and gallery... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds primarily on figs (Moraceae), and to a much lesser extent on the fruits of Annonaceae and Lauraceae. Typically feeds in flocks, which... read more


    Morphological data suggest species capable of breeding all year round; the few nests reported were found in Jun and Aug. Nest is a thin... read more


    A nomadic, flocking species; numbers fluctuate in association with availability of fruit at... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No precise details available, but species generally reckoned to be fairly common, locally abundant; one of commonest Ptilinopus... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Pink-spotted Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus perlatus). 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 26 January 2020).