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Pied Imperial Pigeon - BirdForum Opus

Pied Imperial Pigeon may refer to one of the following three species formerly considered one species in the past:

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Singapore, July 2004
Ducula bicolor


37-44 centimetres (14-17.6 inches) length, with a 45 cm (18 in) wingspan. White or pale cream, black flight and tail feathers. Bill is mostly black in subspecies bicolor but yellow in melanura.


South-east Asia, the Philippines, and most of Indonesia excluding at least the island of New Guinea.


Two subspecies are currently recognized, bicolor and melanura. Torresian Imperial-Pigeon and Yellowish Imperial Pigeon have been split from the current species.


Rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, coastal scrubs, creeks, rivers, mangroves and islands.


A nest made of sticks is placed in a tree; 1 white egg is laid and is incubated for 23-25 days. 21 days later the young fledges.

Diet is exclusively fruit.


Calls made by the birds are a deep mrrrooooo, roo-ca-hoo and up-ooooo.


  1. Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019

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