Jambu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu)

…a strikingly marked species of fruit dove (Ptilinopus spp.) which is a resident breeder in southern Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei and the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan, Sumatra, and Java. Jambu fruit doves typically inhabit mangrove swamps and lowland rainforests up to 1,500 m. They are also known to inhabit second growth woodland as well. Adult jambu fruit doves are sexually dimorphic, with males sporting a crimson colored face, females differ by having a dull purple face with a dark chin. Like many fruit doves, jambu fruit doves are shy and inconspicuous birds, foraging for fruit in the forest canopy. 


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Wompoo Fruit-dove - Ptilinopus magnificus

The Wompoo Fruit-dove, Ptilinopus magnificus (Columbiformes - Columbidae), is the largest Australian Fruit-dove measuring 35-45 cm in length. This beautifully colored dove has green back and wings, with a prominent yellow wing-bar, it has purple plumage under its neck and on the chest and upper belly. The lower belly is yellow. The head is pale grey, the bill is orange-red with yellow tip and the iris is red-orange. Legs and feet are yellow green.

Distributed in Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, the Wompoo Fruit-dove makes a significant contribution to ecological functioning in rainforests through their dispersal of the seeds of rainforest plants. Due to their relatively large gape, Wompoo Fruit-doves are particularly important to the dispersal of trees bearing fruit too large to be taken by other frugivorous species.

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Photo credit: ©Andrew Rock | Locality: Maiala, Mt Glorious, Brisbane Forest Park, Queensland, Australia (2014)

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Rose-crowned fruit dove

The Rose-crowned fruit dove, Ptilinopus regina (Columbiformes - Columbidae) is a medium-sized (up to 22cm in length) fruit dove, readily identified by the combination of a pinkish-red or whitish (depending on the race) crown with a yellow border, green upperparts, orange belly, whitish throat, yellow-orange iris, and greyish green bill and feet.

This dove occurs in Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

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Photo credit: ©Peter Nijenhuis | Locality: The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, Port Douglas, Craiglie, Queensland, Australia

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Fijian Golden Fruit Dove | ©James Parker   (Kula Wildlife Park, Fiji)

The Golden Fruit Dove, Ptilinopus luteovirens, also known as the Lemon Dove or Yellow Dove, is a small, approximately 20 cm (8 in) long, short-tailed fruit-dove in the family Columbidae.

This species is distributed and endemic to forests of Viti Levu, Ovalau, Gau, Beqa and Waya group islands of Fiji.