Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Many-coloured Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus perousii) - HBW 4, p. 211

French: Ptilope de La Pérouse German: Perousefruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo Multicolor
Other common names: Rainbow/Nutmeg/Painted Dove

Taxonomy: Ptilinopus perousii Peale, 1848, Upolu, Samoa.
A distinctive species, notable for its striking sexual dichromatism; considered by some authorities to form a subgroup with P. superbus within the large P. purpuratus species-group; alternative opinion allies present species with P. purpuratus group, but does not consider it closely related to P. superbus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • perousii Peale, 1848 - Samoa.
  • mariae Jacquinot & Pucheran, 1853 - Fiji and Tonga.