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Orange-bellied Fruit Dove

Ptilinopus iozonus

The Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Ptilinopus iozonus, is a diminutive pigeon, measuring a mere 21 centimeters from beak to tail. Its plumage is predominantly green, setting off a striking orange patch on its lower breast and belly. A delicate lilac patch adorns the shoulder, while pale yellow graces the undertail coverts. The tail is finished with a subtle grey band.

Identification Tips

When observing this species, look for the distinctive orange belly which is a key identifier. The small lilac shoulder patch and the pale yellow undertail coverts are also characteristic. The grey terminal band on the tail can be seen when the bird is in flight or when the tail is fanned.

Habitat

The Orange-bellied Fruit Dove is a denizen of lowland rainforests, secondary forests, and mangroves. It thrives in the lush, verdant landscapes of New Guinea, the Aru Islands, and the western Papuan islands.

Distribution

This species has a geographical range that includes New Guinea, the Aru Islands, and the western Papuan islands. It has also been recorded in Boigu Island, which is part of Queensland, Australia, in the northern Torres Strait.

Behaviour

Feeding

The diet of the Orange-bellied Fruit Dove consists mainly of fruit from forest trees, with a particular fondness for figs. This dietary preference has them flitting through the forest canopy in search of ripe offerings.

Breeding

Breeding behavior for this species involves laying a single egg. The nest is a simple platform constructed from small sticks, placed high in the forest trees, providing a lofty cradle for the next generation.

Conservation status

The Orange-bellied Fruit Dove is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. This status indicates that, at present, the species does not face an immediate threat of extinction in the wild.

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