Beautiful Fruit Dove

Beautiful Fruit Dove Ptilinopus pulchellus

Type of Animal:


New Guinea & islands of Batanta, Waigeo, Salawati, & Misool in W Papua

Reddish/pink/crimson crown, whitish throat, greenish-yellow bill, purplish-red feet, blue-gray breast, yellowish orange belly, reddish purple patch between belly/breast, very colorful, both sexes look similar but male coloration richer/louder

Fruit, berries, vegetables, seeds, worms, insects

Status in Wild:

Breeding in zoos & wildlife centers

Flocks of 2-6 birds

Additional Info:

Male: Cock
Female: Hen
Young: Squab
Group: Flock
Male: 2.47 oz
Female: 2.29 oz
Young: 0.28 oz

2.5 weeks

Life Span:
15 years

7.5 in

Body Length:
7.5 in

Tail Length:
0.4 in

Also called Crimson-Capped Fruit Dove & Rose-Fronted Pigeon.
Like most fruit doves, they’re quite shy.
Both parents incubate eggs.
Due to diet, play important role in seed dispersal.
Usually lays a single egg in fragile stick-leaf nest.
Sexually mature at 6 months old.
Squabs fledge at 8 days old & take 1st flight at 12-14 days.
Courtship involves both sexes bowing & cooing but males do more cooing/calling. Male sits on branch next to female, puffs himself up, & stretches to make himself look bigger.
Squab stays w/ parents for up to 6 months.
Active during the day (diurnal).
Sometimes displaced from fruiting trees by larger pigeons like Collared Imperial Pigeons.

Fun Fact(s):
Like many pigeon/dove species, they feed young crop milk. Milk said to contain more fat/protein than cow’s milk.
Despite bright colors, it’s often very difficult to see.
Wings functional before eyes even open.
Like other pigeons/doves but unlike most birds, they can put entire bill into water, drinking by sucking in.

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