Black-banded fruit dove

The black-banded fruit dove (Ptilinopus alligator) is a large (38–44 cm in length, 450-570 g in weight) pigeon with white head, neck and upper breast; black back and upperwing grading to grey on rump; black tail with broad grey terminal band; underparts grey, demarcated from white head and neck by broad black band.

Black-banded fruit dove
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Ptilinopus
P. alligator
Binomial name
Ptilinopus alligator
Collett, 1898


The species is endemic to Australia, where it is restricted to the western edge of the Arnhem Land escarpment.


Patches of monsoonal rainforest.


Fruit from forest trees, especially figs.


Lays single egg on open platform of sticks in a forest tree.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Ptilinopus alligator". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22691312A93308874. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22691312A93308874.en. Retrieved 13 November 2021.