Cream-bellied Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus merrilli) - HBW 4, p. 206
French: Ptilope de Merrill
Spanish: Tilopo de Merrill
Other common names: Merrill's/Cream-breasted Fruit-dove
Taxonomy: Leucotreron merrilli McGregor, 1916, Laguna Province, Luzon.
Formerly placed in genus Leucotreron; a later proposal returned all members of that group to Ptilinopus, but placed present species in subgenus Rhamphiculus along with other Philippine and Sulawesi forms P. marchei, P. occipitalis, P. fischeri, P. subgularis and P. leclancheri; characters of Rhamphiculus include relatively large size, and emarginated first primaries. Present species is most closely allied with P. marchei. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- faustinoi (Manuel, 1936) - Mt Tabuan, Cagayan Province, N Luzon (N Philippines).
- merrilli (McGregor, 1916) - mountains of E & S Luzon, Catanduanes and Polillo (N Philippines).
- Near Threatened Enlarge map