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Pied imperial pigeon

Ducula bicolor

Pied imperial pigeon

Pied imperial pigeons are members of the pigeon and dove families. These birds are entirely white or pale cream, apart from their black flight feathers and tail feathers.

Pied imperial pigeons will fly great distances to feeding sites and nesting colonies, even crossing seas in large flocks.

The call of the pied imperial pigeon makes a deep ‘mroo’, ‘roo-ca-hoo’ and ‘up-oooo’ sound.

Animal class


Diet - Herbivore 
Pied imperial pigeons eat a diet almost exclusively made up of fruit.

The average pied imperial pigeon is between 37 and 44 centimetres (cm) long with a wingspan of roughly 45cm.

Pied imperial pigeons are found in a variety of forest and wetland habitats on small islands in the Indian Ocean and also in parts of Australia.

Conservation status
The IUCN does not consider pied imperial pigeons to be in immediate danger of extinction in the wild.

The pigeons are often considered to be pests, leading to a decline in their population.

Current population
There are no current estimates to show how many pied imperial pigeons are left in the wild.

Zoo population
There are more than 700 pied imperial pigeons living in zoos around the world.