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Superb Fruit-Dove

Ptilinopus superbus


The Superb Fruit-Dove is a small colourful pigeon of the tree canopy. It is a compact bird, with short rounded wings and a short tail. The male has a purple crown, an orange hindneck, a blue-black breastband that separates a grey upper breast from white underparts. These are partly barred green, and the rest of the body is green. The green tail has grey tips. The female is green, with a grey breast and white underparts. There is a smallish purple patch on the crown. Young birds resemble females but lack the purple crown patch. This species is also called the Purple-crowned Fruit Dove or Pigeon, or the Superb Fruit-Pigeon.


The Superb Fruit-Dove is found in rainforests, rainforest margins, mangroves, wooded stream-margins, and even isolated figs, lilly pillies and pittosporums.

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BobHoward 10 years ago


ShannaB 10 years ago

Wow, I've never seen one of these.

BobHoward 10 years ago

Thank you all... :)

Jeannette 10 years ago

Great spotting :)

VivBraznell 10 years ago

Took the words right out of my mouth Benadette S .... What a funky dove : )

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 10 years ago

Superb, indeed!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 years ago

Incredible coloration! Cool spotting

Arun 10 years ago

soo nice ..

LeanneGardner 10 years ago

Oh wow! I've never seen one of these. Fantastic spot Bob!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 10 years ago


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

What a glorious bird!

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Nov 14, 2009
Submitted on Jun 7, 2012

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