• Scientific Name: Ptilinopus dupetithouarsii (Neboux, 1840)
  • Polynesian Names: Kuku (Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka), kukupa (Ua pou), kuku foama (adulte, Hiva Oa), kuku pukio ou kuku pakioe (juvénile, Hiva Oa)
  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • CategoryEndemic Birds
  • Distribution: Marquesas (Hiva Oa, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Mohotane, Nuku Hiva & Ua Huka)

Apearance and identification

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.

Videos

Voice

Characteristics

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.

Flat twigged nests, white egg. Breeds probably all year.

Mainly in the forests of low valleys, less than 500 meters.

The bird’s call is a slow cooing who is accelerating.

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).

Location

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.

Breeding

Flat twigged nests, white egg. Breeds probably all year.

Habitat

Mainly in the forests of low valleys, less than 500 meters.

Voice

The bird’s call is a slow cooing who is accelerating.

Food

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).

Status and protection

Common species in its location area.

The species is listed in category A of the list of species protected by the territorial regulations of French Polynesia.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.