Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Orange Dove (Ptilinopus victor) - HBW 4, p. 223

French: Ptilope orange German: Orangetaube Spanish: Tilopo Naranja
Other common names: Flame Dove

Taxonomy: Chrysœna victor Gould, 1872, Vanua Levu, Fiji.
Formerly placed in monospecific subgenus Chrysophaps, but this was based on characters now shown to be shared with both P. luteovirens and P. layardi; all three now considered to form a distinctive Fijian superspecies in the subgenus Chrysoena, which is sometimes accorded full genus status, and is thought to represent an early colonization of Fiji by Ptilinopus stock. Races of dubious validity, with intermediate populations. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • victor (Gould, 1872) - N Fiji, on Vanua Levu, Rabi, Kioa and Taveuni.
  • aureus Amadon, 1943 - NE Fiji, on Qamea and Laucala.