Palau Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus pelewensis

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

PTIPEL

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

1



Incubation Days:

14



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nest is built 6 feet above water or ground in mangroves and other trees.



Nest Material:

Sticks and twigs.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Palau Fruit-Dove: Fairly small dove with 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. Red eye, rather short, gray-yellow bill. Medium-length wings, medium-length rectangular tail. Short purple-red legs and feet. Feeds on figs, berries, and other fruits that it plucks off of twigs and branches.

Breeding and Nesting

Palau Fruit-Dove: One white egg is laid in a flimsy, small platform nest constructed with sticks and twigs. The nest is built six feet or more above the water or ground in mangroves and other trees. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for 14 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Palau Fruit-Dove: Feeds on figs, berries, and other small fruits. Forages by slowly walking along branches in the canopy of forest and fruiting trees in mangrove swamps and clearings, and picking fruit off of twigs and branches with its bill.

Vocalization

Palau Fruit-Dove: Song is a series of hoots that begin slowly and increase in speed.

Similar Species

Palau Ground-dove has no cap, dark eyes, red eye ring, and pink feet. Micronesian Imperial-Pigeon is much larger, has no cap, and plain gray breast.

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