Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)


Red-naped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus dohertyi)


French: Ptilope de Sumba German: Rahmkopf-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo de Sumba
Other common names: Doherty's Fruit-dove

Ptilopus dohertyi


, 1896,



Formerly placed in genus Leucotreron; appears to be closely related to P. cinctus (which see), P. alligator and P. porphyreus. Monotypic.


Sumba (Lesser Sundas).

Descriptive notes

35 cm. Head and upper part of neck cream-coloured; lower part of neck and breast pale pink with a narrow yellowish white border; large crimson patch on nape and hindneck;... read more


Advertising call is a single hoot repeated at intervals of c. 2–3 seconds. This hoot may vary from... read more


Inhabits forested areas, chiefly or perhaps exclusively. Has been collected at 500 m, and is known... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.


No information available, although courtship has been observed in Aug.


No information available.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Surveys in 1992 estimated the total population at over 9000 birds; species was widespread, with higher densities in primary forest at higher elevations. Much... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Red-naped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus dohertyi). 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 14 December 2019).