Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

White-bibbed Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus rivoli)


French: Ptilope de Rivoli German: Korallenfruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo de Rivoli

Columba Rivoli


, 1843,

Duke of York Island


Closely related to P. solomonensis (and P. speciosus), and more distantly to P. superbus (and P. temminckii)#R; previously thought also to be allied to P. viridis and P. eugeniae. Race bellus has sometimes been considered a separate species, as, less often, has miquelii; relationships in this complex are difficult to determine, with morphological characters shared in such a way as to render the specific separation of any taxon problematic; the three taxa in the north (Geelvink Bay) and to the east of New Guinea (namely miquelii, rivoli and strophium), however, form a relatively distinctive group, and if they prove to be a distinct unit vocally this might separate them as one species. Inclusion of race buruanus (Buru) within prasinorrhous#R is accepted here, but museum specimens tend to show more yellow on undertail-coverts#R. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. r. prasinorrhous G. R. Gray, 1858 – White-banded Fruit-dove – Moluccas, W Papuan Is (including Schildpad Is, near Misool), some small islands in Geelvink Bay, and Aru Is.
  • P. r. bellus P. L. Sclater, 1874 – Mountain Fruit-dove – mountains of NW, C spine & NE New Guinea, Karkar I and Goodenough I.
  • P. r. miquelii Schlegel, 1871 – Mios Num I and Yapen I, in Geelvink Bay.
  • P. r. rivoli (Prévost, 1843) – Yellow-vented Fruit-dove – Bismarck Archipelago (including Umboi, and islands off New Ireland).
  • P. r. strophium Gould, 1850 – islands off SE New Guinea (except Goodenough I) E to Louisiade Archipelago.
  • Descriptive notes

    22–26 cm; 135–162 g. Predominantly dark green with a slight golden tinge; forehead and forecrown purplish red; a large white or cream-coloured halfmoon-shaped... read more


    Advertising call of rivoli is a 'hoo' series that is relatively high-pitched in... read more


    Inhabits primary rain forest, and sometimes secondary growth. Found in the mountains on large... read more

    Food and feeding

    Frugivorous; no detailed information on diet but species recorded taking fruits of wild limbum palms. Forages at all levels of the forest,... read more


    Probably breeds all year round. The nest is a slight platform of twigs, placed 2–15 m up. The clutch size is 1–2 eggs: two-egg... read more


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very few data available; species reported to be fairly common to common, e.g. on higher reaches of Tari Gap (EC New Guinea), where... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). White-bibbed Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus rivoli). 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 26 January 2020).