Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Silver-capped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus richardsii)


French: Ptilope de Richards German: Silberkappen-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo de Richards

Ptilopus richardsii

E. P. Ramsay

, 1882,

Uki, Solomon Islands


Belongs to the large species-group centred on P. purpuratus (which see); within this, forms part of the subgroup centred on P. porphyraceus (which see); has been considered closest to P. greyi; or to P. pelewensis and P. porphyraceus, but genetic data place it closest to P. roseicapilla#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. r. richardsii E. P. Ramsay, 1882 – Uki, Three Sisters, Santa Ana and Santa Catalina (off N & E Makira), in SE Solomon Is.
  • P. r. cyanopterus Mayr, 1931 – Bellona and Rennell (SE Solomon Is).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–22 cm; 99 g. Forehead, crown and malar area silvery grey to pale bluish grey, bordered by an inconspicuous yellow-green line; throat pale yellow; rest of head, neck... read more


    Advertising call is a rhythmic cooing phrase of some 8–9 seconds. A long note followed by 1–3... read more


    Found in lowland forest including hurricane-damaged forest; on Uki visits isolated trees away from... read more

    Food and feeding

    Frugivorous; feeds on small fruits and berries. Large numbers may gather in fruiting trees.


    Season not recorded but courtship displays observed in Mar. Nest is a slight platform, typical of genus, c. 6 m above the ground. Lays 1... read more


    Reports of species occurring on San Cristobal indicate that it is capable of inter-island flights.... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very little recent information available; reported to be abundant on Uki in 1950s; apparently still common on Rennell. May be... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Silver-capped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus richardsii). 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 5 April 2020).