Purple-capped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus porphyraceus) - HBW 4, p. 211
French: Ptilope de Clémentine
Spanish: Tilopo Coronipúrpura
Other common names: Crimson-crowned/Purple-crowned/Purple-capped Fruit-dove, Pohnpei/Ponape Dove
Taxonomy: Columba porhyracea Temminck, 1821, Tongatabu.
Sometimes considered conspecific with P. pelewensis; within the large P. purpuratus species-group, these two have been considered to form a subgroup with P. richardsii and P. greyii. Race ponapensis formerly considered a distinct species, incorporating hernsheimi. Proposed race graeffei of Wallis and Futuna, and Niuafo'ou (Tonga) is probably a hybrid population between nominate and race fasciatus; marshallianus included in hernsheimi. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- ponapensis Finsch, 1878 - Chuuk and Pohnpei (C & E Caroline Is).
- hernsheimi Finsch, 1880 - Kosrae (E Caroline Is); formerly also on Ebon (Marshall Is).
- porphyraceus (Temminck, 1821) - small islands of Fiji (Vatulele, Makogai, Wakaya, Yadua, Lau group), Tonga and Niue.
- fasciatus Peale, 1848 - Samoa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
An adult bird perched in a tree, selecting fruits and flying off. Locality Le Fale O Le Fee, Upolu Island, Samoa (ssp fasciatus)
Josep del Hoyo 5 August 2012 24 weeks ago 41 sec 4
A bird selecting fruits and changing perch in a tree. Locality Le Fale O Le Fee, Upolu Island, Samoa (ssp fasciatus)
Josep del Hoyo 5 September 2012 24 weeks ago 35 sec 3.8
A bird perched in a tree and flying off, seen from below. Locality SPREP Headquarters, Vailima, Upolu Island, Samoa (ssp fasciatus)
Josep del Hoyo 5 September 2012 24 weeks ago 25 sec 2.7
A bird singing. Locality Malo Lale, Upolu Island, Samoa
Josep del Hoyo 6 September 2012 24 weeks ago 4
Several birds singing in the forest. Locality Mount Talau, Vava'u Island, Vava'u Group, Tonga
Josep del Hoyo 1 September 2012 27 weeks ago 4
Two birds singing. Locality Vailima Botanical Gardens, Vailima, Upolu Island, Samoa
Josep del Hoyo 6 September 2012 24 weeks ago 3