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Barking Imperial Pigeon
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Information
Common Name Peale's Imperial Pigeon
Range Fiji, where it occurs on most of the medium and large islands.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Ducula
Species Ducula latrans
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Barking imperial pigeon (Ducula latrans), also known as Peale's imperial pigeon, is a species of pigeon in the Columbidae family. It is endemic to Fiji, where it occurs on most of the medium and large islands.

Its natural habitats are mature tropical moist lowland forests and tropical moist montane forest. The species is one of two imperial-pigeons found in Fiji; the other, the Pacific imperial pigeon, is found on smaller islands.

Description

The barking imperial pigeon is frugivorous, feeding on large fruits of the Cananga, Dysoxylum and Myristica (nutmegs). It feeds alone or in pairs, occasionally occurring in small flocks on fruiting trees. The breeding season of this species is from May to January, with a single egg being laid on an insubstantial twig nest.

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