Ptilinopus monacha


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Ptilinopus monacha
Species Authority: (Temminck, 1824)
Common Name(s):
English Blue-capped Fruit-dove, Blue-capped Fruit Dove, Blue-capped Fruit-Dove

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Collar, N., Mahood, S., Taylor, J., Tobias, J.
This lowland forest species is likely to have a moderately small and declining population, owing to extensive logging throughout its range. It therefore qualifies as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Ptilinopus monacha is restricted to the North Maluku, Indonesia, where it inhabits at least 13 islands (BirdLife International 2001). Although moderately common, it is mainly a small island and coastal specialist and is therefore likely to have a small population.

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Population [top]

Population: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as not very common on Halmahera, although locally or seasonally frequent. The population in the proposed Lolobata Reserve in north-east Halmahera is estimated as 8,700 individuals (Gibbs et al. 2001).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It frequents lowland forest up to 750 m, but seems to prefer, or is more easily detected in mangroves, coastal woodland and disturbed forest.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It suffers from substantial habitat loss within its range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
None is known.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey to assess population size and determine its abundance in different forest types. Regularly monitor at certain sites throughout its range to determine population trends. Investigate the extent of hunting by local residents. Where relevant, control hunting where possible, perhaps using awareness campaigns. Protect significant areas of lowland forest across its range.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Ptilinopus monacha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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