Dwarf fruit dove

The dwarf fruit dove (Ptilinopus nainus) is a species of bird in the family Columbidae. It is found in lowland and foothill forest in New Guinea and the Raja Ampat Islands.

Dwarf fruit dove
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Ptilinopus
P. nainus
Binomial name
Ptilinopus nainus
(Temminck, 1835)
  • Ptilinopus naina
  • Ptilinopus nanus


With a total length of 13–15 cm, it is the shortest pigeon or dove in the world, but as it is relatively thickset, several other species weigh less. Its plumage is overall green, but with contrasting yellow undertail-coverts and narrow bars to the wings. Unlike the female, the male has a purple patch on the belly.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Ptilinopus nainus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22691554A93316339. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22691554A93316339.en. Retrieved 14 January 2018.