Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Seram Imperial-pigeon (Ducula neglecta)


French: Carpophage de Céram German: Seramfruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula de Ceram

Carpophaga neglecta


, 1866,

#R Seram, Ambon and Boano


Usually considered conspecific with D. perspicillata, but recent observers have noted its distinctiveness#R#R, based on its much paler grey head (3); typically much more bronzy-green back and wings (some birds lack this, but it may be an age-related character) (2); and different voice, reported#R as sounding like that of D. concinna, which occurs on small islands just off Seram (allow 2). It differs from D. concinna in its grey vs chestnut undertail-coverts (3), large white eyering (3), green vs grey mantle (2), and lack of vinous wash on hindneck (ns[2]). Forms a species-group with D. perspicillata, D. aenea, D. oenothorax and D. concinna. Monotypic.


S Moluccas (Boano, Seram, Ambon and Saparua).

Descriptive notes

42–44 cm. Similar to formerly conspecific D. perspicillata (see Taxonomy comments), but D. neglecta is slightly larger, overall paler, with head and neck... read more


Advertising call like that of D. concinna, a deep, rolling, single “wooo”, repeated at... read more


Occurs in primary and selectively logged evergreen forest, from the lowlands up to at least 1000 m... read more

Food and feeding

Frugivorous; feeds on large fruits in the canopy, but no further information available. Usually observed alone or in pairs, more... read more


Nothing known.


Presumably resident, but local movements following fruiting events are likely, as in many... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population size unknown but considered common and densities of 100–150 birds/km² reported in primary and selectively logged forest on... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Seram Imperial-pigeon (Ducula neglecta). 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 29 February 2020).