Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Sula Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus mangoliensis)


French: Ptilope des Sula German: Sulafruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo de Sula

Ptilinopus mangoliensis


, 1898,

Mangole, Sula Islands


Formerly placed in genus Leucotreron. Until recently, considered conspecific with R. epius and R. subgularis, but differs from former in characters listed under that species, and from latter in its pale green underparts (3), pale green hindcollar (1), and very different song (3). Monotypic.

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Sula Is (Mangole and Taliabu), off E Sulawesi.

Descriptive notes

33–36 cm. Medium-sized, largely green fruit-dove, with a relatively long tail. Small dark maroon throat patch, whereas rest of head is grey with a green hindcollar, neck and... read more


Series of c. 11 “whoop” notes (more than in R. epius and fewer than R. subgularis... read more


Dense primary and secondary forest, and the forest/agricultural ecotone. Apparently prefers... read more

Food and feeding

Frugivorous, but no specific dietary information available. Generally feeds in canopy of large fruiting trees, often in company with ... read more


Nothing known.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Known from very few specimens, but found to be common in late 1980s, especially in lowland areas. Global... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Sula Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus mangoliensis). 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 15 November 2019).