Micronesian Imperial-Pigeon

Ducula oceanica monacha

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

DUCOCE

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

1 - 3



Incubation Days:

27



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nest is built a tree or shrub at various heights.



Nest Material:

Sticks and twigs



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Micronesian Imperial-Pigeon: Large pigeon with gray-white head, neck, and breast. Green-black back, wings, and tail. Chestnut lower belly and vent. Long, rather pointed wings. Medium black bill with small black knob. Fairly long, rectangular tail. Medium pink-red legs and feet. Feeds on a variety of fruits. Forages by picking fruits off the ends of branches.

Breeding and Nesting

Micronesian Imperial-Pigeon: Nothing is known about the breeding behavior of this species but may be similar to other species of imperial-pigeons. Other imperial-pigeons lay one to three eggs in platform nest made of sticks and twigs. The nest can be built in a shrub or tree at various heights. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 27 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Micronesian Imperial-Pigeon: Feeds on a variety of fruits. Forages for figs and other fruits by plucking them off the ends of branches while perched. This species sometimes hangs upside down when feeding.

Vocalization

Micronesian Imperial-Pigeon: Typical call is a loud, harsh "GRAW-raw-raw-awh". Also has a deep moaning call.

Similar Species

Palau Fruit-dove is smaller, has a deep purple cap, and a normal cere. Palau Ground-dove is smaller, has a red eye ring, and a normal cere.

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