Palau Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus pelewensis

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

PTIPEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Palau Fruit-Dove has a very small range of 460 square kilometers. This species only occurs in Palau and is fairly common in a variety of forest habitats. The Palau Fruit-Dove is resident on most islands in the country and has an estimated population of close to 50,000 individuals. This species appears to be fairly common, has a stable population, and has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Palau Fruit-Dove: Small dove, gray head, neck, breast, and thighs, purple on front of crown, and purple speckles on breast. Orange belly, white-yellow on lower belly, and purple vent. Gray-green back, blue-green wings, and blue-green tail with white-yellow tip. Sexes similar. Juvenile mostly gray-green with some yellow edging to feathers in wings.

 

Range and Habitat

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Palau Fruit-Dove SONGS AND CALLS

Palau Fruit-Dove QQ1

Song is a series of descending hoots which start slowly and speed up before slowing again near the end.

Similar Sounding

Brown Hawk-Owl E1

Typical song.

Nicobar Pigeon RR1

Typically silent. Call is a low, mournful "whroo" or "ku-rrau".


Voice Text

"hoot-hoot-hoot-hoot"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A local legend claims that these birds are related to giant clams. At low tide when people come to collect clams, the bird cries out loudly, mourning its lost relatives.
  • The Palau Fruit-Dove is the national bird of Palau.
  • The Palauan name for this species is "Biib."
  • A group of doves is collectively known as an "arc", a "cote", a "cove", a "dole", a "dule", an "exaltation", a "flight", a "flock", a "funeral", a "piteousness", a "pitying", a "prettying", and a "true love" of doves.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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