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Ptilinopus fischeri
Subspecies fischeri. Photo by Rob Hutchinson
Location: Gunang Ambang,Selawesi,Indonesia.


(35-37 cm). Marked subspecies (species?) variation:

  • head including rear neck greyish white
  • throat (sometimes contrastingly) white
  • ear patch from just in front of eye vinous red with dark band connecting to the back of the neck
  • underparts largely grey
  • belly more or less golden (fischeri, centralis) or grey (meridionalis)
  • upper parts bright green (fischeri), bright green with a grey mantle (centralis) or all grey (meridionalis)
  • upper tail bright green
  • under tail grey
  • under tail coverts grey with white edges
  • eye and feet dark
  • bill generally light yellowish grey

Sexes alike


Sulawesi endemic. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas.


Some authors split P. f. meridionalis from the other subspecies as Lompobattang fruit-dove.


Ptilinopus fischeri fischeri Montane forests of n Sulawesi

Ptilinopus fischeri centralis Montane forests of central and se Sulawesi

Ptilinopus fischeri meridionalis SW Sulawesi (Lompobattang Massif)


Moist montanes.



  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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