Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Timor Imperial-pigeon (Ducula cineracea)


French: Carpophage cendrillon German: Schieferrücken-Fruchttaube Spanish: Dúcula de Timor
Other common names: Ashy Imperial-pigeon

Columba cineracea


, 1835,



Probably closely related to D. cuprea, D. badia and D. lacernulata. Claimed geographical differences are slight, based on limited material, and races may not be worthy of recognition. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. c. cineracea (Temminck, 1835) – Timor.
  • D. c. schistacea Mayr, 1944 – Wetar.
  • Descriptive notes

    39–45 cm. Head and neck dull bluish grey grading to darker slate-grey on upperparts; wings and tail show a faint greenish sheen in some lights; primaries have narrow... read more


    Very distinct. A single short note followed by a bubbling trill lasting c. 1·6–2·0 seconds, “wup..... read more


    Mountain forest, preferring areas dominated by Eucalyptus in some areas; also monsoon... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information available on diet. Forages in dense canopy of fruiting trees; seen alone, in pairs or in groups of up to 4 birds.


    Scant information available. On Wetar, a stick nest was found 2.8m above the ground in a low tree in a forested gulley in October 2008... read more


    No information available.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Timor and Wetar EBA. Reported to be generally uncommon, though recent... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Sharpe, C.J., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Timor Imperial-pigeon (Ducula cineracea). 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 11 December 2019).