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 and tall secondary forest A bird perched. and forest edge in lowlands and hills,... read more

Food and feeding

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


Little known. In Makira, Solomon Islands, a nest was discovered in September 2001 near an abandoned village at 500 m in the Bauro highlands... read more


No information available.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Critically Endangered. This species has undergone a considerable decline in numbers over the last century. It is clearly rare since... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). 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 25 February 2020).