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Torresian Imperial-Pigeon

(Ducula spilorrhoa)
Alternate name(s): "Australian Pied Imperial-Pigeon", "Torres Strait Pigeon", "(White) Nutmeg Pigeon"
Aboriginal name(s): "nyungu"

Size: 38-44 cm
Weight: 400-530 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Pied Imperial-Pigeon at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Torresian Imperial-Pigeon "cooing" for its partner; the sex was determined based on behaviour, not by outward appearance (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, May 2013]

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Torresian Imperial-Pigeon
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-lateral view of a Torresian Imperial-Pigeon (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, September 2017]

Close-up lateral view of a roosting Torresian Imperial-Pigeon (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cattana Wetlands, Cairns, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of a Torresian Imperial-Pigeon
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Close-up lateral/ventral view of a Torresian Imperial-Pigeon (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cattana Wetlands, Cairns, QLD, November 2018]

Lateral view of two Torresian Imperial-Pigeons roosting high up in a tree
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a Torresian Imperial-Pigeon (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Tiwi Island, NT, August 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a Torresian Imperial-Pigeon (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Tiwi Island, NT, August 2013]

Dorsal view of a Torresian Imperial-Pigeon
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-dorsal view of two Torresian Imperial-Pigeons high up in a tree (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Tiwi park, NT, May 2013]

Lateral view of a Torresian Imperial-Pigeon in flight
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Aug - Jan Eggs: 1 Incubation period: 26 - 28 days Fledging age: 21 - 28 days

Nest building: Female & male Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Rudimentary basket Material: Sticks, twigs Height above ground: 1 - 10 m

Nests can be placed as low as 1 m from the ground in mangrove, but will be higher in rainforest.

Close-up lateral view of a Torresian Imperial-Pigeon on its nest (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Cattana Wetlands, Cairns, QLD, December 2018]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 45 x 31 mm Colour: White Shape: Oval

Behaviour

Frontal view of a male Torresian Imperial-Pigeon "cooing" for his partner (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, May 2013]

Food, Diet

Torresian Imperial-Pigeon feeding on the fruit of a Carpentaria Palm (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, September 2017]

Lateral view of a Torresian Imperial-Pigeon feeding on fruit (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Tiwi Island, NT, August 2013]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

piedimp_20140817.m4a spilorrhoa
(Top End, NT)
Contact call (Little Corella in bkgd) © MD

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