Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Seram Mountain-pigeon (Gymnophaps stalkeri)


French: Carpophage de Stalker German: Seramtaube Spanish: Paloma montana de Ceram

Columba stalkeri


, 1911,

Kanobi Mountains, 2500 feet [c. 760 m], Seram


Until recently considered conspecific with G. mada, but argument for separation#R strengthened by new photographic evidence#R#R indicating that it differs from G. mada in its pinkish-white vs white chin and throat, shading to vinous-tinged pink-grey vs pinkish-white breast, shading to chestnut-pink vs pale pinky-grey belly, shading to rich chestnut vs dark cinnamon undertail-coverts (3); yellow vs brown iris (3); and red pre- and postocular bare skin vs none (3). Monotypic.


Seram, in Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

33–38·5 cm; 330–338 g. Differs from formerly conspecific G. mada (see Taxonomy) in its deep buffish-pink face and breast, merging to darker vinous pink on underparts... read more


Apparently undescribed and no recordings available.


Chiefly frequents hill forest; mainly recorded at c. 400–2300 m, but usually above 1200 m, with a... read more

Food and feeding

Frugivorous, but no specific information on diet is available. May occur in flocks of 20 or more, once as many as 50 individuals.   read more


The only known nest was found in mid Sept, within primary montane forest at an elevation of 2300 m; it was in a crevice of a dead, moss-... read more


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No population or density estimates, but described as fairly common in Manusela National Park and as more numerous than is G. mada... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Seram Mountain-pigeon (Gymnophaps stalkeri). 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 17 January 2020).