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Collared Imperial Pigeon
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Information
Range northern and southern New Guinea and the Aru Islands. It has been recorded from Boigu and Saibai islands, Australian territory in northern Torres Strait.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Ducula
Species Ducula mullerii
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Collared imperial pigeon (Ducula mullerii), is a species of large (40 cm in length, 600 g in weight) pigeon with grey upperparts and largely grey-pink underparts, distinguished by a striking and diagnostic complete black collar against an otherwise white throat.

Taxonomy

The binomial commemorates the German naturalist Salomon Müller.

Distribution

Northern and southern New Guinea and the Aru Islands. It has been recorded from Boigu and Saibai islands, Australian territory in northern Torres Strait.

Habitat

Lowland rainforest, swamp forest and mangroves.

Diet

Fruit from forest trees and insects. In the Port Moresby area, the main food during June/July was reported to be fruit of Tristiropsis canarioides which made up nearly half the diet. Some 30% of food volume were ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata) fruit, the remainder being various Arecaceae (palm) fruits. Fruits eaten had a volume between 2 and 5 cm³, which would mean a diameter of about 1,5–2 cm in spherical fruit. Food is swallowed whole (Frith et al. 1976).

Nesting

Lays single egg on flimsy platform nest in forest tree adjoining wetland.

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