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Pied Cuckoo-Dove - BirdForum Opus

Reinwardtoena browni


40-46 cm.

  • Silvery grey forehead, crown and hindneck
  • White face, breast and underparts
  • Dark bluish grey flanks and undertail-coverts
  • Black mantle, back, rump, uppertail-coverts, wings and central tail-feathers
  • Grey patterned outer tail-feathers
  • Red or yellow eye
  • Dark red feet and legs
  • Dark grey or brown bill with reddish base

Sexes similar. Juveniles are mainly sooty grey.

Similar species

Similar to Great Cuckoo-Dove but has no chestnut in plumage. Ranges don't overlap.


Admiralty Islands and Bismarck Archipelago in New Guinea.
A very little known species, generally uncommon. The ongoing deforestation on the main islands is most probably a significant threat.


This is a monotypic species.
The population of the Admiralty Islands is sometimes separated as subspecies solitaria, furthermore the birds of Umboi may belong to another yet undescribed subspecies.


Found in foothill and montane forest up to 1000 m in New Britain. Prefers tall forest.


Usually seen singly.
The diet includes berries.
No information available about breeding or movements.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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