Brown Cuckoo-dove (species: Macropygia (Macropygia) amboinensis) in Koreelah NP (Gaia Guide)
Macropygia (Macropygia) amboinensis
Brown Cuckoo-dove

©Jerry Oldenettel: Brown Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia (Macropygia) amboinensis)

©Alec Brennan: Brown Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia (Macropygia) amboinensis)

©Ian Peden: Evening visit, Brown Cuckoo Dove
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Macropygia
Species Macropygia (Macropygia) amboinensis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

In Australia, the feathers are a rich rusty-brown colour, and the short wings, long tail and back are darker. The males tend to have a slight rose/green colouration on their nape and neck. In Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, many subspecies have whitish underparts, fine dark barring below and/or a whitish cap. (Wikipedia)


  • From 40 cm to 43 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Australian specimens
  • From 35 cm to 37 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Papua New Guinea specimens


  • Up to 55 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and Australia. It inhabits rainforest, woodland, scrubland and rainforest regrowth areas. (Wikipedia)


Its diet consists of berries from both native plants and introduced weed species. (Wikipedia)

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