Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Seychelles Blue-pigeon (Alectroenas pulcherrimus)


French: Founingo rougecap German: Warzenfruchttaube Spanish: Paloma azul de Seychelles
Other common names: Warty-faced Blue-pigeon

Columba pulcherrima


, 1786,

Antigua, Panay (Philippines); error = Seychelles


Closely related to A. madagascariensis and A. sganzini. Monotypic.


Inner Seychelles on Praslin, La Digue and Mahé and satellite islands; also North, Silhouette and Frigate. Recently recolonized Curieuse, Denis, Aride and Bird.

Introduced successfully to Cousin#R.

Descriptive notes

c. 24 cm; 161–165 g. Throat, sides of face and nape light grey becoming silvery grey on neck and breast; neck feathers bifurcated and attenuated; rest of plumage... read more


Presumed advertising call is a fast series of 10–30 rather gruff muffled coos, delivered at a rate... read more


Occurs in remaining stands of montane forest, notably on Praslin, but also in remote parts of Mah... read more

Food and feeding

Takes fruits and berries, notably wild guavas (Psidium), cinnamon berries and nuts of takamaka (Calophyllum tacamahaca);... read more


No data available on seasonality. Constructs a typical pigeon platform; female builds unaided by male. Usually 1 egg, occasionally 2; the... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Due to overhunting and the fact that fruit groves are no longer important aspects of local agriculture, the species is less common than in past;... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Seychelles Blue-pigeon (Alectroenas pulcherrimus). 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 24 January 2019).