Backyard Birds

Rose-crowned Fruit Doves aka Pink-capped or Swainson’s Fruit Doves

The Rose-crowned Fruit Doves, Ptilinopus regina, also known as Pink-capped Fruit Dove or Swainson’s Fruit Dove, is a medium-sized, up to 22 cm long, green fruit dove with a grey head and breast, an orange belly, whitish throat, yellow-orange iris, and greyish green bill and feet. It has a pinkish-red crown with yellow border.

The Indonesian subspecies, P. r. xanthogaster has a whitish crown and paler grey head and breast. Males and females look alike. The young has a green-colored crown and plumage.

Distribution / Range

The Rose-crowned Fruit Dove is distributed in lowland rainforests of eastern Australia, and monsoon forests of northern Australia, Lesser Sunda Islands and Maluku Islands of Indonesia.

Diet / Feeding

The diet consists mainly of various fruits, palms and vines.


The female usually lays a single white egg.


Widespread and common throughout its large range, the Rose-crowned Fruit Dove is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


  • BirdLife International (2004). Ptilinopus regina. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 28 January 2007. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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