Pied Imperial Pigeon

(Ducula bicolor)

FUN FACT

These striking pigeons can weigh more than a pound.

This species travels in flocks at dusk and dawn and nests in colonies of up to tens of thousands of birds.  They are among the most powerful and agile flyers in the bird world, and they have very large flight muscles.  This has enabled them to colonize many different islands across expansive stretches of open water.

 

Distribution

Coasts and small islands from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, western Myanmar, Malay Peninsula, peninsular Thailand and Cambodia south and east through Indonesia and the Philippines to western Papuan Islands (Salawati, Misool), coastal Vogelkop in northwest New Guinea), and Aru Island.

Habitat

Coastal forests, mangroves and coconut plantations.

Diet

Frugivorous; feeds on a variety of fruits and berries, including wild figs and the large fruits of wild nutmegs (Myristica).

Breeding

Usually breeds in colonies on offshore islets; in Sumatra, nests mainly in mangroves; nest is a flimsy platform; Usually lays one egg, but sometimes two.

Status

Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

See Pied Imperial Pigeons in our Tropical Rainforest