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

DistributionEdit

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

HabitatEdit

Patches of monsoonal rainforest.

FoodEdit

Fruit from forest trees, especially figs.

NestingEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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.