Ptilinopus-porphyreus, Pink-headed Fruit Dove, Walik Kepala-ungu

Birds of Bali Seldom Seen

Ptilinopus-porphyreus, Pink-headed Fruit Dove, Walik Kepala-ungu

The Pink-heaPtilinopus-porphyreus, Pink-headed Fruit Dove,  Walik Kepala-unguded Fruit-dove, (Ptilinopus porphyreus) also known as Pink-necked Fruit-dove or Temminck’s Fruit Pigeon, is a small colourful dove.

The Pink-headed Fruit-dove is a resident breeding endemic bird in Indonesia where it occurs in the mountain forests of Sumatra, Java and Bali at altitudes of 1000-2200 m. It builds a flimsy nest in a tree and lays one or sometimes two white eggs which are incubated for 20 days to hatching, with a further 15-16 days to fledging. It is a shy and inconspicuous species, generally seen singly or in pairs, but flocks of up to 17 birds may form at favored fruit trees.

The male has a purple-pink head, neck and throat, bordered below with a white band outlined in greenish black. The upperparts are green and the under parts grey, with yellow under tail coverts. The iris is orange, the bill is greenish, and feet are pink. The female is duller than the male, with a weaker breast band, and the juvenile is an even drabber version of the female. The call is a soft hoo.

This dove feeds on figs, small fruit and berries in the upper canopy of the forest, where it is well-camouflaged amongst the green foliage.

The Pink-headed Fruit-dove is restricted to less than 12,000 km-ª of forest in three sites on Sumatra, sixteen on Java and one on Bali, always on forested mountains at least 2000m high. Most sites are smaller than 200 km-ª and shrinking. However the species is very inconspicuous and it is not yet thought to be threatened.

The Pink-headed Fruit-dove is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.


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