8 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. Cheeks, throat and chest are light green strongly shading towards yellowish. The cap is white. This white area is bounded on the eye by a green line that goes up to the skull. An orange zone covers the front of the abdomen.
The wings and back are green while the flight feathers and greater coverts are emerald green piped yellow. The rump is green. The tail is emerald green with a yellow tip. The beak is yellow and the legs are burgundy.
Category: Endemic Birds
Marquesas – Present on Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Mohotane, Nuku Hiva and Ua Huka but absent from the small islands of Eiao, Hatuatu’a, Motu Iti and Fatu Huku.
Mainly in the forests of low valleys, less than 500 meters.
The bird’s call is a slow cooing who is accelerating.
To listen the White-capped Fruit-dove:
Fleshy fruits from 3 to 30 mm in diameter. Banyan (Ficus prolixa), Coffee Tree or taofe (Coffea arabica), motoi (Cananga odorata), Wikstroemia foetida, taratara moa (Lantana camara), Syzygium sp.
Flowers and nectar of tou flowers (Cordia subcordata) ina ina (Maytenus crenatus) opu opu (Vaccinium cereum) vaimanini (Celtis pacifica), Papaya (Carica papaya) and tevai (Glochidion marchionicum).
Flat twigged nests, white egg. Breeds probably all year.
Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.
Scientific Name: Ptilinopus dupetithouarsii (Neboux, 1840)
Kuku (Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka), kukupa (Ua pou), kuku foama (adult, Hiva Oa), kuku pukio ou kuku pakioe (juvenile, Hiva Oa)
Common species in its location area.