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Red-knobbed Imperial Pigeon

From Opus

Alternative name: Red-knobbed Pigeon

Photo © by CutterpillarLihir Is, Papua New Guinea, September 2019
Photo © by Cutterpillar
Lihir Is, Papua New Guinea, September 2019
Ducula rubricera


[edit] Identification

38-45 cm.

  • Big cherry red knob-like cere (yellow in some birds)
  • Pale mauve-pink head, nape and upper breast shading through darker pink on lower breast to chestnut on belly, flanks and undertail-coverts
  • Pale silvery grey hindneck
  • Brilliant iridescent emerald bronzy or golden green rump and wing-coverts
  • Dark glossy green and blackish blue secondaries and tail feathers
  • Dark red eye
  • rufigula has pink on head restricted to cheeks and throat and a pale grey neck and breast, deeper chestnut underparts

Sexes similar, juveniles like adults but without enlarged cere

[edit] Distribution

Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Islands.
Common to abundant in lowland and hill forests, however population status and trends not known.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies recognized[1]:

[edit] Habitat

Moist lowland forests and secondary growth. Also in fruiting trees in cleared areas.
Occurs from sea-level up to 300 m on Bougainville, up to 700 m on New Ireland, to 1000 m on New Britain and up to 1100 m on the Solomon Islands.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Feeds on fruits and berries.
Forages in the canopy, usually singly or in pairs, however flocks of up to 34 birds recorded.

[edit] Breeding

Not well known. Birds in breeding conditions recorded from July to September on Bougainville, nesting reported in low shrubs in central Solomons in February. Lays 1 egg.

[edit] Movements

A strong flyer but no informations on movements.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)

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