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Seram Imperial Pigeon - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by James Eaton
Manusela, Seram, Indonesia, January 2011
Ducula neglecta


Unmistakable. It is the only large pale gray and green pigeon within its range.

  • Large sized pigeon
  • Green back and tail
  • Pale gray head and underparts
  • Noticeable white eye-ring.

Similar Species

Allopatric Spectacled Imperial Pigeon (which see). Could be confused with sympatric Elegant Imperial Pigeon although this differs in:

  • eye prominent yellow
  • crissum area chestnut
  • no eye ring
  • overall even paler grey


Endemic to Southeast Asia: found on Boano, Seram, Ambon and Saparua in the southern Moluccas, Indonesia.


This is a monotypic species[1].
It was formerly included in White-eyed Imperial Pigeon, together with Spectacled Imperial Pigeon.


Moist lowland forests and mangrove forests.


Singles or pairs forage within forest and forest edge in the lowlands and hills.


Includes an “ooWOO” call with a purring quality to the second syllable. Also gives a descending series of short “oo” notes.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. del Hoyo, J., N. Collar, G. M. Kirwan, and E. F. J. Garcia (2020). Seram Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula neglecta), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.wheimp1.01

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