Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)


Yellow-legged Pigeon (Columba pallidiceps)


French: Pigeon à tête pâle German: Gelbfußtaube Spanish: Paloma cabeciclara

Ianthænas pallidiceps

E. P. Ramsay

, 1878,

Duke of York Island


Apparently closely related to C. vitiensis, with which it is sympatric in some areas. Monotypic.


Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, New Ireland and possibly Duke of York) and Solomon Is (Bougainville, Choiseul, Vella Lavella, Ndai, Nggela, Ramos, Guadalcanal, Makira and possibly Ugi); may occur on other islands within this range.

Descriptive notes

36–38 cm; 1 male 459 g. Entire head silvery grey. General coloration black above; slaty black below, feathers edged with brilliant pink, purple and green iridescence;... read more




Primary forest A bird perched. and forest edge in lowlands and hills, up to 1300 m on... read more

Food and feeding

Known to consume fruits and seeds. Often observed feeding on the ground.


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Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Critically Endangered. Few recent sight records: one bird seen on New Ireland in 1984; the first records from Solomons since 1928 were 1 bird... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W. & Horblit, H.M. (2018). Yellow-legged Pigeon (Columba pallidiceps). 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 21 July 2018).