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Torresian Imperial Pigeon - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by peterday
Cairns, Queensland, Australia, November 2022

Alternatives names: Torresian Imperial-Pigeon

Ducula spilorrhoa


38–44 cm (15-17¼ in)

  • White overall plumage
  • Creamy or greyish wash over head and neck
  • Black outer wing and secondaries
  • Central tail feathers with broad black band; outer tail feathers white.


Coastal New Guinea and adjacent islands including Aru to northern and northeastern Australia


Photo © by mehdhalaouate
Supiori, Indonesia, 10 August 2004

This species formerly considered conspecific with Yellowish Imperial Pigeon and sometimes with Pied Imperial-Pigeon.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Moist lowland forests, mangrove forests, and swamps.



They are frugivorous, eating a wide variety of fruits from trees, vines and shrubs.


Nest is an untidy stick platform in a tree, usually a coconut palm. Clutch is a single white egg.


Usually quiet. During breeing a soft low, descending “coooo”, sometimes a bisyllabic “coo-woooo."


The Australian Top End (NT) populations are migratory, arriving from New Guinea in August and departing by April.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Torresian Imperial-pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54399 on 1 November 2019).
  3. Dutson, G. (2011) Birds of Melanesia: The Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Christopher Helm, London.
  4. Gregory, P. (2017) Birds of New Guinea, Including Bismarck Archipelago and Boughainville. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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