Black-naped fruit dove

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Black-naped fruit dove
Ptilinopus melanospilus male.jpg
Ptilinopus melanospilus female.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Ptilinopus
Species: P. melanospilus
Binomial name
Ptilinopus melanospilus
(Salvadori, 1875)
Male at San Diego Zoo

The black-naped fruit dove (Ptilinopus melanospilus) also known as black-headed fruit dove is a medium-sized, up to 24 cm long, green Fruit dove with yellowish bill and iris. The male has a pale grey head with black nape, yellow throat, and golden yellow and pink undertail coverts. The female and the young have an entirely green plumages.

The black-naped fruit dove is distributed in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. In Indonesia, it is found in Java, Lesser Sunda Islands and Sulawesi, where it inhabits the lowland and hill forests. The diet consists mainly of various fruits, figs and berries. The female usually lays one single white egg.

Widespread and common throughout its large range, the black-naped fruit dove is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


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