Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Red-eared Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus fischeri) - HBW 4, p. 206

French: Ptilope de Fischer German: Rotohr-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo de Fischer
Other common names: Fischer's Fruit-dove

Taxonomy: Ptilinopus Fischeri Brüggemann, 1876, near Menado, Sulawesi.
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. merrilli, P. occipitalis, P. subgularis and P. leclancheri; characters of Rhamphiculus include relatively large size, and emarginated first primaries. Present species is most closely allied to P. occipitalis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • fischeri Brüggemann, 1876 - N Sulawesi.
  • centralis (A. B. Meyer, 1903) - mountains of C & SE Sulawesi.
  • meridionalis (A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1893) - Lompobattang Massif in SW Sulawesi.

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