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Beautiful Fruit Dove

Ptilinopus pulchellus

Range

  • New Guinea and the islands of Batanta, Waigeo, Salawati, and Misool in West Papua, Indonesia

Habitat

  • Tropical forests

Diet

  • Fruits from trees
  • Palms
  • Vines

Both the males and females look similar in this brilliantly colored species.

Fruit doves are an ecologically important part of the rainforest environment because they swallow fruit whole and, after digestion, drop the seeds, an essential part of reforestation. Living in pairs, both parents share in caring for the young birds, called squabs.

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