Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

White-capped Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus dupetithouarsii) - HBW 4, p. 216

French: Ptilope de Petit Thouars German: Weißkappen-Fruchttaube Spanish: Tilopo Coroniblanco
Other common names: Marquesas/(Northern) Marquesan Fruit-dove

Taxonomy: Columba Du Petithouarsii Neboux, 1840, Tuhuata, Marquesas Islands.
A member of the large P. purpuratus species-group, most closely related to P. mercierii; usually associated with the P. purpuratus subgroup. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • viridior ( Murphy, 1924) - Nukuhiva, Uahuka and Uapou (N Marquesas Is).
  • dupetithouarsii ( Neboux, 1840) - Hivaoa, Tahuata, Mohotani and Fatuhiva (S Marquesas Is).