Wompoo Friot Dove

Dove, Wompoo Fruit

CLASSIFICATION
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Ptilinopus
Species: magnificus

RANGE
Found in Australia along the east coast, from central eastern New South Wales to central eastern Queensland. This species can also be found in New Guinea.

HABITAT
Move around in small, localized areas in search of fruit-bearing trees.

SIZE
Doves from the north grow to 35 – 45 cm, and doves in the south grow up to 50 cm.

REPRODUCTION

  • Breeding season is from July to January each year.
  • Both sexes share the nest made of twigs.
  • Only one white egg is laid and both share the incubation and care of the chick.
  • They may breed a second time if the first attempt fails.

DIET
Rainforest fruits, which they swallow whole.

BEHAVIOR

  • The call of the Fruit-Dove is a deep resonant “wollack-a-woo” and occasionally a more abrupt “boo”.
  • These birds do not travel long distances.
  • They may form large feeding flocks where food is plentiful, and the birds acrobatically pluck the fruit from trees and vines high up in the canopy area.

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The Wompoo Fruit-Dove is identified by its large size.
  • It has a rich purple throat, chest and upper belly, and yellow lower belly.
  • It has a mostly green under parts, with a paler grey head and a conspicuous yellow wing-bar.

STATUS
Common