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Alternative names: White Imperial Pigeon; White-tipped Imperial Pigeon; Celebes Pied Imperial Pigeon

Photo by codexluminati
Tangkoko, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2014
Ducula luctuosa


37-48 cm.

  • White plumage
  • Silvery grey flight-feathers with black edges
  • Black feathers in tibial and ventral regions, giving a mottled appearance

Sexes similar. Juveniles greyer and with buff feather fringes.

Similar species

Photo by Andy Livermore
Toraut, Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2014

Pied Imperial Pigeon looks similar but has all black flight-feathers.


Endemic to Sulawesi and some adjacent islands. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas. A poorly known species, generally uncommon.


This is a monotypic species.
Sometimes regarded as conspecific with Pied Imperial Pigeon.


Forests, cultivated areas and mangroves in lowlands up to 475 m.
Less restricted to coastal and small-island habitats than Pied Imperial Pigeon.



Feeds on fruits. No other published information but probably similar in diet to Pied Imperial Pigeon.
Usually foraging in flocks of 5 to 20 birds.


Breeding reported in September and October.


No information.


  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. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.4). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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