Black-naped fruit dove (Ptilinopus melanospila)
The Zoo is home to two black-naped fruit doves, one male and one female. Both came to the Zoo in April of 2011 from Zoo Miami in Miami, Florida. The black-naped fruit dove is a medium sized, green dove with a yellowish bill and yellow irises. It is adimorphic species; the male has a pale gray head with a black spot at the nape of the neck, a yellow throat and lower belly, a pink/yellow under-tail.
Status in the wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern.
The black-naped fruit dove genus is believed to have originated in New Guinea but is now distributed throughout Java, the Celebes Sea, the Moluccas Islands, and the Southern Philippines (Southeast Asia). This species of Ptilinlopus can be found in both temperate and tropical climate habitats; including forests,forest edge and scrub land. These birds can be found in both agricultural areas and in isolated fruit trees,searching for berries and fruits.
The black-naped fruit-dove’s diet consists of fruits and berries, especially figs.
- This species tends to be solitary, although they can be found in pairs and sometimes seen in larger groups formed in fruit trees.
- Platform-shaped nests are built out of twigs and grass stems; they are never built high off the ground.
- These birds can live up to 20 years in captivity!