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Atoll Fruit-dove

ATOLL FRUIT-DOVE
Ptilope des Tuamotu - Photo Jean Kape

Ptilope des Tuamotu – Photo Jean Kape


APPEARANCE AND IDENTIFICATION

8 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. Head, throat and chest are grey-white to pale green with a yellow belly. The cap is bright pink. The back, wings and tail are green dotted with a few blue-green stains. Large tail feathers and wings are green blue piped yellow. The beak is orange-yellow and legs are red burgundy.

Order: Columbiformes

Family: Columbidae

Category: Endemic Birds


LOCATION

Species present in many Tuamotu atolls.


CHARACTERISTICS

Atoll forests which consist of puatea (Pisonia grandis) tafano (Guettarda speciosa) tahinu (Tournefortia argentea) and coconut plantations. The species also appreciate the naupata (Scaevola sericea) found on border of the beach and shrubs Timonius polygamus.

The song is a slow cooing, identical to that of the Grey-green Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus purpuratus).

To listen the Atoll Fruit-dove:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Ptilinopus-coralensis

All kinds of fleshy fruits (Timonius polygamus, Tournefortia argentea, Morinda citrifolia) tafano leaves, insects.

Nests consist of intertwined branches, built in trees or bushes. Spawning is composed of a single white egg (32-35 x 21-22 mm). This species probably breeds all year but less frequently during the austral winter.

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

Bibliography:
https://inpn.mnhn.fr/espece/cd_nom/418837
http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=31FFAD02E5D0E40E
http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/ptilope.des.touamotou.html
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/atoll-fruit-dove-ptilinopus-coralensis
http://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/atoll-fruit-dove-ptilinopus-coralensis
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22691480/93313817

NAMES

Scientific Name: Ptilinopus coralensis  Peale, 1848

Polynesian Names:
O’o (Tuamotu), kuku (Mangareva)

LOCATION
  • Tuamotu

STATUS AND PROTECTION

If the Atoll Fruit Dove is not yet threatened, it is undeniably in danger of becoming scarce. The main reasons are : the introduction of predators such as cats or rats in the atolls, coupled with the gradual disappearance of its traditional habitat for the benefit of coconut plantations.

The species is listed in category A of the list of species protected by the territorial regulations of French Polynesia.
The species is classified as “Near Threatened” (NT) on the IUCN Red List.