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Pied Imperial Pigeon

Ducula bicolor

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Ducula bicolor
Class: Bird
Weight: 365 to 510 grams
Life span: 20 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: 1 to 2 eggs at a time

About

I LIVE IN ASIA

The pied imperial pigeon is native to the Philippines and New Guinea. Although they can be found in other areas of southern Asia, they are partial to coastal forest regions of small islands.


I AM AN FRUGIVORE

The pied imperial pigeon will almost exclusively eat fruits and berries. Their jaws have small elastic sockets that give them the ability to stretch their jaws to accommodate larger foods. And berries


PIED IMPERIAL PIGEONS ARE SOCIAL

Pied imperial pigeons are a somewhat social bird species. They will often form small colonies of individuals and move with their colony from island to island.


FAR FLYING FOWL

The pied imperial pigeon is known for its agility and is one of the most powerful flyers in the world. Their muscles used for flight are relatively larger than most bird species, something that allows them to fly across large bodies of water as they travel between islands.


HELPING THE PIED IMPERIAL PIGEON IN THE WILD

The pied imperial pigeons at the Zoo are enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

The pied imperial pigeon is a frugivore, meaning they primarily eat different types of fruits. Their diet makes them very important to the environment as they help disperse seed throughout their habitat, something that aids in boosting biodiversity.


 

Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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