Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

White-bibbed Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus rivoli)


Taxonomy

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

Columba Rivoli

Prévost

, 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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54346 on 24 July 2019).