Superb Fruit-dove (species: Ptilinopus (Ptilinopus) superbus) in Australian Birds (Gaia Guide)
Ptilinopus (Ptilinopus) superbus
Superb Fruit-dove

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Ptilinopus
Species Ptilinopus (Ptilinopus) superbus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is sexually dimorphic. Males are superbly coloured with a fiery orange nape, green ears, and a purple crown. The breast is grey, and divided from the abdomen by a wide, dark blue band. Their wings are olive green covered with dark spots, and the tail is tipped with white. Females are mostly green, with a white abdomen, blue wing tips, light blue breast, and a small, dark blue spot on the back of the head. Both sexes have yellow eyes and eye-rings. (Wikipedia)


  • From 22 cm to 24 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 32 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Superb Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus (Ptilinopus) superbus)

Distribution and habitat preferences

Native to Australasia, the Superb Fruit Dove lives in the rainforests of New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands, the Philippines and Sulawesi of Indonesia. In Australia, it is found from southern New South Wales around the town of Moruya and extends further north, where it becomes more common to Cape York in Queensland. In some areas of its range, such as the New Guinean rainforest, it is a resident bird; in more marginal or seasonal habitats such as those in Australia, flocks are known to move about according to the availability of food. (Wikipedia)


It feeds primarily upon fruits and berries. (Wikipedia)

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