Black-naped Fruit Dove

Black-naped Fruit Dove web

Scientific Name:
Ptilinopus melanospilus

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines

Forest edge, suburban areas, lowland and hill forests

Average Size:
Body Length: 9 inches
Weight: 3-4 ounces

Up to 15 years in captivity

IUCN Status:
Least Concern (LC)

Wild: Berries, seeds, worms, insects
Zoo: Rainforest diet – which includes a variety of fruits and seeds.

Incubation: 18-26 days
Litter size: 1 egg.


Black-naped Fruit Dove Range Map

About the Animal:
This small dove is a common sight in the forests and populated areas of Southeast Asia and is poorly studied. It spends much of its time in the tree tops, where its green color keeps it well hidden.

Mating and Reproduction:
A single egg is laid in a flimsy nest of twigs. The egg is incubated by the female. Newly hatched chicks are fed “crop milk” for the first week of life (crop milk is a special secretion from the parents crop that is high in fat and protein).

Amazing Information:
Despite the name, only males are black-naped. Females are entirely green.

Where in the Zoo:
You can find the Black-naped Fruit Dove in the Rainforest Building