Palau Ground-Dove

Gallicolumba canifrons

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

GALCAN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Palau Ground-Dove has a very small range of 460 square kilometers. This species is only found in Palau and is a scarce resident of forests on most islands in the country. It is very rare on Babeldaob but fairly common in limestone forests of the rock islands. The Palau Ground-Dove has an estimated population of anywhere from 1,000 to 2,500 individuals. Although this species is scarce and has a small population, it has been given a conservation rating of Near Threatened rather than Endangered because of the stable nature of the population in the rock islands.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Palau Ground-Dove: Small terrestrial dove with gray head and breast, and red-brown on back of crown and nape. Belly and vent are black-gray. Back and tail are brown-olive. Short, broad wings are brown-olive with purple shoulders. Black-brown eyes. Short, black-gray bill. Short, rectangular tail. Sexes and juvenile are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

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Palau Ground-Dove SONGS AND CALLS

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"oooa, oooa, oooa"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Palau Ground-Dove is native to Palau and can be found in dense forest on all the major islands, however they are most common on the Rock Islands.
  • The Palauan name of this bird is "Omekrengukl" or "Doldol," and it is the rarest of Palau's endemic birds.
  • This species can be difficult to locate due to its secretive habits and infrequent vocalizations.
  • 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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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
CereX
Also called the operculum, it is a smooth and featherless patch of skin located where the beak attaches to the forehead.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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