Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Ornate Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus ornatus) - HBW 4, p. 209

French: Ptilope orné German: Schmuckfruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo Adornado
Other common names: Gestroi's Fruit-dove

Taxonomy: Ptilopus ornatus Schlegel, 1873, interior of north-west peninsula of New Guinea.
Very closely related to the largely sympatric P. perlatus although the two species tend to be ecologically separated; other members of the species-group are P. tannensis, P. aurantiifrons, P. wallacii and, in some accounts, P. superbus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ornatus (Schlegel, 1873) - Arfak Mts and coast of Vogelkop between Amberbaki and Warbusi (NW New Guinea).
  • gestroi D'Albertis & Salvadori, 1875 - New Guinea from Cyclops Mts and Onin Peninsula eastwards.