Wallace's fruit dove

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Wallace's fruit dove
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Ptilinopus
Species: P. wallacii
Binomial name
Ptilinopus wallacii
Gray, 1858

The Wallace's fruit dove (Ptilinopus wallacii) is a medium-sized, approximately 26 cm long, green fruit-dove with a scarlet crown and forehead, whitish throat, orange shoulder patch, yellow bill, purplish feet and long green tail. It has a pale bluish-grey breast and neck, an orange belly, with a white patch in between. Both sexes are almost similar.

An Indonesian endemic, the Wallace's fruit dove is distributed in lowland forests of eastern Lesser Sunda Islands, southern Maluku, Aru Island and in southwestern New Guinea. The diet consists mainly of various small fruits and berries.

The name commemorates the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.[2]

Widespread and common throughout most of its range, the Wallace's fruit dove is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Ptilinopus wallacii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 357–358. 

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