French: Ptilope magnifique German: Purpurbrust-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo magnífico
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. puella
(Lesson & Garnot, 1827) – W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool) and NW New Guinea (Vogelkop).
M. m. poliura
Salvadori, 1878 – most of lowland New Guinea (except NW), including islands off N coast.
M. m. assimilis
(Gould, 1850) – NE Australia (Cape York region of N Queensland).
M. m. keri
Mathews, 1912 – Bellenden Ker Range (near SE base of Cape York Peninsula).
M. m. magnifica
(Temminck, 1821) – coastal S Queensland S to CE New South Wales.
29–45 cm; c. 150–500 g. Large and long-tailed; head and neckgrey to greenish grey; mantle, rump and uppertail-coverts bright green with yellow tinge; wings mostly... read more
In New Guinea the advertising song is described as a low-pitched, throaty, two-note call '... read more
Inhabits a variety of forest types: primary and well developed secondary rain forest, gallery... read more
Food and feeding
Frugivorous; eats a wide variety of fruits; a study in Papua New Guinea documented over 50 species of fruit in diet; most important plant... read more
Mainly from middle of dry season to early wet season in both Papua New Guinea and E Australia, though some breeding probably occurs all... read more
In E Australia, some populations are sedentary; others undertake widespread movements in response... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Remains widespread and common to fairly common in many areas. However, the southernmost race, nominate magnifica, has... read more
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