Backyard Birds

Many-colored Fruit Doves

The Many-colored Fruit Doves (Ptilinopus perousii) is a fruit dove that occurs on islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean where it is found in Fiji, the Samoan Islands, and Tonga.

It inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Diet / Feeding

It usually feeds high in the canopy on fruit and berries, especially figs.

Nesting / Breeding

The nest is a small platform of twigs where one white egg is laid.

Description

It is a small dove, 23 cm in length.

The male Many-colored Fruit Doves is mostly pale yellow-white with a red crown and red bar across the back. The female is mostly green, darker on the back, and greyer on the head and breast. Her crown is red while the undertail-coverts are red in Samoan birds and yellow in birds from Fiji and Tonga.

 

References

  • BirdLife International 2004. . 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007.
  • Watling, Dick (2001) A Guide to the Birds of Fiji and Western Polynesia, Environmental Consultants (Fiji), Suva.

Further Dove Information

 
 
 

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