- Chalcophaps longirostris
23–27 cm (9-10¾ in) A small and short-tailed dove.
- Emerald-green on wings and mantle
- Primaries and outer secondaries slaty black with chestnut on inner webs
- Dark brownish purple neck and breast
- Black tail
- Brownish head
- White shoulder
- Lacks white shoulder bar
- Brown tail
- The wings look more golden than green, but the green is also less intense than with a mature bird.
- Small and stocky dove
- Diagnostic pale lower back-bars
Three subspecies recognized:
- C. l. rogersi eastern Lesser Sundas, eastern Australia, New Guinea and adjacent islands
- C. l. longirostris in northern Australia (northern Western Australia and Northern Territory)
- C. l. sandwichensis Santa Cruz Island, Banks Island, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia
Different types of forest: rain forest, mangroves, gallery forest, clearings, orchards and plantations near forest, in Australia also in drier habitat.
Often quite tame, but hard to discover in the forest. May feed inconspicuously on ground. Usually found when dashing in direct flight through the forest. Flies often into windows and may be attracted by lights at night.
Breeds all year round. Nest is a platform of twigs in a tree or a bush. Lays 2 eggs.
Feeds mostly on fallen fruit and seeds, also on invertebrates (termites, snails, insects). May feed in farmyards together with domestic fowl. Usually feeds singly on the ground, sometimes in pairs.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Pacific Emerald Dove. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 29 July 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Pacific_Emerald_Dove