Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Seram Imperial-pigeon (Ducula neglecta)


Taxonomy

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

Carpophaga neglecta

Schlegel

, 1866,

#R Seram, Ambon and Boano

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

Nothing known.

Movements

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

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Population size unknown but considered common and densities of 100–150 birds/km² reported in primary and selectively logged forest on Seram in 1990s... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/467158 on 22 January 2018).