Wompoo Fruit Dove
The Wompoo Fruit Dove, Ptilinopus magnificus, is the largest fruit dove native to Australia. It inhabits almost exclusively the lowland tropics rainforests along the eastern coast of Australia, from central New South Wales to the tip of Cape York Peninsula. They can also be seen in Papua New Guinea. Abundancy of these birds increases in a northerly direction.
The dove measures up to 18 inches in length but is larger in southern regions. It has purple plumage around its neck, chest and upper belly.
Its lower belly is yellow and has green underparts. The genders look similar and the juveniles have a duller and greener plumage compared to adults. Even with their bright plumage, they are hard to see amongst the forest canopy.
The birds feed off fruit-bearing trees in rainforests such as figs. They can eat large fruits whole and are able to acrobatically collect fruit of trees and vines. The Wompoo fruit dove can be seen in large flocks where food is abundant. Their call sounds like “˜wollack-wa-hoo’ and often sounds very human.
Breeding times ill vary according to weather conditions. The nest is sturdily constructed from forked twigs not high from the ground. Both genders help in the construction of the nest. One white egg is laid and the parents share the incubation and care of the chick. In the event, that the chick dies, the doves will attempt to have a second offspring in the same season.