Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Sombre Pigeon (Cryptophaps poecilorrhoa)


French: Carpophage des Célèbes German: Fleckenbauch-Fruchttaube Spanish: Paloma culipinta
Other common names: Celebes Dusky Pigeon

Carpophaga poecilorrhoa


, 1876,

Minahasa, Sulawesi




Mountains of N, S & SE Sulawesi.

Descriptive notes

c. 46 cm. Head, neck and breast grey, paler on forehead and lower breast, and darker towards mantle; some birds have purplish tinge to grey areas; mantle, back, rump,... read more


Not very vocal. Presumed advertising call is a single low-pitched hoot (duration c. 0.8–1.0 seconds... read more


Undisturbed humid primeval hill and mountain forests, where tends to perch quietly in subcanopy;... read more

Food and feeding

Known to feed on palm fruits; also takes hard fruits of rattan (Calamus), which may prove to be major component of diet. Usually... read more


No information available.


No information available. Flight described as similar to that of a cuckoo-dove (Macropygia... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No precise data available, but species described as being generally widespread though uncommon; uncommon in Dumoga-Bone National Park... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Sombre Pigeon (Cryptophaps poecilorrhoa). 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 3 April 2020).