Photo: C & D Frith
Wet Tropics Rainforest Life
SUPERB FRUIT-DOVE: Ptilinopus superbus 23 cm
In Australia the Superb Fruit-Dove is mainly a summer visitor to the drier types of rainforests, regrowth and adjacent dense vegetation.
It is more common in North Queensland than farther south, where it is only a vagrant to Victoria and Tasmania.
It eats a great variety of fruits, from laurels, palms, myrtles, figs and other plants.
Despite its colourful plumage it is usually difficult to observe. Even birds calling loudly can remain unseen.
This is a small green pigeon with a bright purple crown and whitish belly. The male has orange red shoulders, a light purple throat and a large bluish black belly band.
It is generally seen alone or in pairs but sometimes groups gather at fruiting trees.
Although they spend most time in the upper foliage of the rainforest, the nest is often placed a few metres above the ground.
The main call is five to six clear, deep whoops
It is heard and observed in fairly open acacia regrowth around Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge
Script: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide
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