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Grey-green Fruit-dove

GREY-GREEN FRUIT-DOVE

Grey-green Fruit-dove (Windward Islands) and Raiatea Fruit-dove (Leeward Islands)

Ptilope de la Société - Photo Moana Iti

Ptilope de la Société – Photo Moana Iti


APPEARANCE AND IDENTIFICATION

8 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. The head, throat and chest are light grey pulling towards pale green. The cap is light pink and slightly marked. The back, wings and tail are dark green. The feathers are bright yellow. The beak is yellow and the legs are burgundy.

Order: Columbiformes

Family: Columbidae

Category: Endemic Birds


LOCATION

All the high islands of the Society archipelago except for the atolls (Tetiaroa, Bellingshausen, Scilly) and perhaps Maiao and Mehetia where its presence has never been reported.


CHARACTERISTICS

Forested areas up to 1000 meters. Sometimes near houses. Isn’t found in coconut fields nor lagoon islands.

Its call is a slow cooing that accelerates.

To listen the Grey-green Fruit-dove:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Ptilinopus-purpuratus

Recording by Philippe Raust:

Flesh Tuava fruit of 2 to 17 mm diameter (Guava Psidium guajava), ora (Ficus Banyan prolixa) motoi (Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata), taratara moa (Lantana Lantana camara), ieie (Pandanacée Freycinetia impavida). Sometimes small insects and young leaves.

All year. The nests are simple platforms of twigs intertwined. The only egg laid measures 32 x 21 mm.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.

Bibliography:
https://inpn.mnhn.fr/espece/cd_nom/418845
https://inpn.mnhn.fr/espece/cd_nom/778879
http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=B7ACE8EC0F64DDD6
http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/ptilope.de.la.societe.html
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/grey-green-fruit-dove-ptilinopus-purpuratus
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/raiatea-fruit-dove-ptilinopus-chrysogaster
http://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/grey-green-fruit-dove-ptilinopus-purpuratus
https://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/raiatea-fruit-dove-ptilinopus-chrysogaster
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/60759996/95162340
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/60760066/131388042

NAMES

Scientific Name: Ptilinopus purpuratus (Gmelin, 1789) – Grey-green Fruit-dove

Ptilinopus chrysogaster  Gray, 1853  – Raiatea Fruit-dove

Polynesian Names:
U’upa (Société)

LOCATION
  • Society: high islands only

STATUS AND PROTECTION

Remains abundant in some islands but less than in the past, perhaps because of the introduction of the Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans). Small Polynesian rats, black rats and cats have probably also play a role in this decreasing.

Ptilinopus purpuratus is listed in category A of the list of species protected by the territorial regulations of French Polynesia.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

Ptilinopus chrysogaster is classified « Endangered » (EN) on the IUCN Red List.