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Spectacled Imperial Pigeon

Ducula perspicillata

The Spectacled Imperial Pigeon, Ducula perspicillata, is a distinguished member of the Columbidae family, endemic to the Maluku Islands. This species is recognized by its robust body and the notable white rings around its eyes, which give the appearance of spectacles.

Identification Tips

When observing the Spectacled Imperial Pigeon, look for its large size and the characteristic white eye rings that contrast with its dark plumage. The bird's overall coloration is a deep, velvety black, which may appear iridescent in the right light.

Habitat

This pigeon prefers the lush environment of subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and mangrove forests. It has a particular affinity for forests that have been recently disturbed, where it can often be found.

Distribution

As an endemic species, the Spectacled Imperial Pigeon is found exclusively in the Maluku Islands, a picturesque archipelago in Indonesia.

Behaviour

The Spectacled Imperial Pigeon is known for its solitary or sometimes pair-oriented behavior. It is not commonly seen in large flocks, preferring the quietude of its forested home.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List categorizes the Spectacled Imperial Pigeon as Least Concern, indicating that, at present, there are no immediate threats to its population numbers that would warrant a higher level of concern.

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