Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-breasted Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus occipitalis)


French: Ptilope batilde German: Gelbbrust-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo occipital

Ptilonopus [sic] occipitalis

G. R. Gray

, 1844,

Luzon, Philippines


Formerly placed in genus Leucotreron. Most closely allied to R. fischeri and R. meridionalis. May be more appropriately treated as monotypic, as racial variation slight and probably clinal or not geographically correlated. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. o. occipitalis (G. R. Gray, 1844) – N & C Philippines from Luzon S to Negros, Bohol and Leyte.
  • R. o. incognitus (Tweeddale, 1877) – mountains of Dinagat, Camiguin Sur, Mindanao and Basilan, in SE Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    28–33 cm; male 204–278 g, female 185–254 g. Front of face, forehead, crown and sides of breast light bluish grey, tinged with yellow; cheeks, hindcrown, and... read more


    Advertising call a repeated single overslurred cooing note (duration c. 0·4–0·5 seconds, maximum... read more


    Lowland and mid-elevation primary forest, up to 1800 m. Also frequents selectively logged forest. read more

    Food and feeding

    No information available.


    Birds taken on Samar in Apr and May had enlarged gonads; a juvenile estimated to have hatched from egg laid in early Feb. In captivity:... read more


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Poorly known. Species reported to be common throughout much of range, but rare on Bohol and only recently discovered on Panay. Still... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Yellow-breasted Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus occipitalis). 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 19 February 2020).