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.
Category: Endemic Birds
Species present in many Tuamotu atolls.
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:
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.
Scientific Name: Ptilinopus coralensis Peale, 1848
O’o (Tuamotu), kuku (Mangareva)
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.