Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Scarlet-breasted Fruit-dove (Megaloprepia formosa)


French: Ptilope à poitrine écarlate German: Scharlachbrust-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo de Bernstein

Carpophaga (Megaloprepia) formosa

G. R. Gray

, 1861,



Affinities with Ramphiculus leclancheri, R. epius, R. subgularis and R. mangoliensis have been suggested. If present species is placed in Ptilinopus, name formosa is preoccupied and must be replaced by bernsteinii. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. f. formosa (G. R. Gray, 1861) – Halmahera, Ternate and Bacan (N Moluccas).
  • M. f. micra Jany, 1955 – Obi (S of Bacan).
  • Descriptive notes

    28–29 cm. Mainly rich green, shading to a paler duller green on neck and breast; head pale yellowish grey shading into green of neck; a patch of bright scarlet in... read more


    Advertising call is a double note repeated at intervals. First note is short (c. 0·15 seconds),... read more


    Primary forest, adjacent secondary growth and dense bamboo stands, from lowlands up to the highest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Frequents the lower canopy and mid-storey, where it feeds on fruits of trees and vines.


    Nests with eggs have been found in March, July, August and September and one with a young nestling was found in late April. The nest... read more


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to moderately common on Halmahera; rare to absent in lowlands, at least nowadays, on Bacan and Obi. Probably under-recorded... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Scarlet-breasted Fruit-dove (Megaloprepia formosa). 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 6 December 2019).