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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Image: Greg Hume

October 8, 2017 - Black-backed Fruit-dove or Banded Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus cinctus)

These fruit-doves are found in parts of Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Though little is known about their diet, they likely eat fruits and berries, plucking them from branches and congregating near food sources. They breed between April and July in some parts of their range, building open platform nests from sticks. They are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, but their population is thought to be decreasing due to habitat destruction and fragmentation and possibly hunting pressure.


Superb Fruit-Dove - (Ptilinopus Superbus) - Female by Adolfo Nazario
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The Superb Fruit-Dove 


Jambu Fruit Dove

The jambu fruit dove (Ptilinopus jambu) is a smallish colorful fruit dove. It is a plump small-headed bird with soft feathers and very distinctive coloring including a white eye ring, orange bill and red legs. The adult male has a crimson face with a black chin, unmarked green upperparts and white underparts, with a pink patch on the breast and a chocolate brown undertail. The female differs from the male by having a dull purple face with a dark chin. The underparts are green with a white belly and cinnamon undertail. The immature jambu fruit dove resembles the female but has a green face. 

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April 19, 2017 - Jambu Fruit-dove (Ramphiculus jambu or Ptilinopus jambu)

These fruit doves are found in southern Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia. They eat mostly fruit, foraging in trees or on the ground for fruits dropped by other animals. Females build the nests from twigs, sticks, and grasses gathered by the males. Both parents incubate the eggs. They are classified as Near Threatened due to loss of their forest habitat and some trapping for the cage-bird trade.

Photo of the Day – While their plumage might be bright and colourful, Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) can be quite hard to see in the forest canopy. Due to their quiet and unobtrusive habits. A native to New Guinea and north-eastern Australia, these are some of the larger fruit doves.

This photo was taken by Markus Lilje.

July 12, 2017 - Pink-headed Fruit-dove, Pink-necked Fruit-dove, or Temminck’s Fruit Pigeon (Ptilinopus porphyreus)

These fruit doves are found only in mountain forests of Sumatra, Java, and Bali in Indonesia. They eat figs, other fruits, and berries, foraging in the upper canopy, usually alone or in pairs. Males build flimsy twig nests in trees. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. Though they are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, their population is likely in decline due to habitat destruction.

Large Fig Parrot (Psittaculirostris desmarestii)

Also known as the Flame-headed Fig Parrot and Desmarest’s Fig Parrot, the large fig parrot is a species of fig parrot (Cyclopsittini) that is native to the West Papuan Islands, Indonesia, and parts of southern and western New Guinea. Large fig parrots typically inhabit areas of subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, mangrove forests, and moist montane forests. True to their common name name, P. desmarestii are primarily frugivorous but are known to take other food sources. They are also often seen feeding with other fig parrots and Ptilinopus fruit pigeons. 


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Image: BS Thurner Hof