Orange-bellied fruit dove

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Orange-bellied fruit dove
Ptilinopus iozonus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Ptilinopus
Species: P. iozonus
Binomial name
Ptilinopus iozonus
Gray, 1858

The orange-bellied fruit dove (Ptilinopus iozonus) is a small (21 cm in length) pigeon with mainly green plumage, distinguished by a large orange patch on the lower breast and belly, a small lilac shoulder patch, pale yellow undertail coverts, and a grey terminal band on the tail.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

P. i. jobiensis

The dove is found in New Guinea, the Aru Islands and western Papuan islands where it inhabits lowland rainforest, secondary forest and mangroves. It has been recorded from Boigu Island, Queensland, Australian territory in northern Torres Strait.

Behaviour[edit]

Feeding[edit]

The dove eats the fruit from forest trees, mainly figs.

Breeding[edit]

The dove lays a single egg on a platform of small sticks high in a forest tree.

References[edit]

  • Beehler, Bruce M.; & Finch, Brian W. (1985). Species Checklist of the Birds of New Guinea. RAOU Monograph No.1. Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union: Melbourne. ISBN 0-9599823-2-9
  • Beehler, Bruce M.; Pratt, Thane K.; & Zimmerman, Dale A. (1986). Birds of New Guinea. Wau Ecology Handbook No.9. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-02394-8
  • BirdLife International. (2006). Species factsheet: Ptilinopus iozonus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 1 February 2007
  • Coates, Brian J. (1985). The Birds of Papua New Guinea. Volume 1: Non-Passerines. Dover Publications: Alderley, Queensland. ISBN 0-9590257-0-7