Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)


Wetar Ground-dove (Alopecoenas hoedtii)


French: Gallicolombe de Wetar German: Wetartaube Spanish: Paloma perdiz de la Wetar
Other common names: Wetar Dove

Leptoptila [sic] Hoedtii


, 1871,



A distinctive form of uncertain affinities, apparently sister to all other members of genus#R. Has alternatively been considered an early derivative of A. jobiensis stock. Monotypic.


Timor and Wetar (E Lesser Sundas).

Descriptive notes

c. 27 cm. Differs from other Gallicolumba in having a strongly attenuated outermost primary, with the next four emar­ginated on the outer web. Head light blue-... read more


Advertising call is a repeated single short hoot of c. 0·3 seconds duration, which starts on an... read more


Forested lowlands and hill monsoon forest, up to 950 m on Timor. Restricted on Wetar to lowlands... read more

Food and feeding

 Flocks of up to 40 birds recorded on tiny Redong I., near Wetar, alighting on the ground to feed on Ficus hispida, taking... read more


Largely unknown. A male has been seen taking nesting material to an apparent nest site high in the forest canopy, 23m up above a stream, in... read more


No information available.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Previously considered Vulnerable. The global population is conservatively estimated at 1500–7000 mature individuals. Most seem to be on Wetar, where... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Christie, D.A., Kirwan, G.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Wetar Ground-dove (Alopecoenas hoedtii). 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).