At 11:50 AM 17/07/01 +0000, you wrote:
To all you taxonomists - Simpson and Day call it Torresian Imperial Pigeon -
Ducula bicolor. Pizzey and Knight call it Pied Imperial Pigeon - Ducula
bicolor. Monroe and Sibley (A world checklist of birds) call the Pied
Imperial Pigeon - Ducula bicolor occuring in S.E. Asia. They also list
Torresian Imperial Pigeon as Ducula spilorrhoa occuring in Australia. Has
bird been split? I have seen WHICH ONE in N. Australia? I am off to
in 3 days, so is it worth chasing WHICH ONE on the offshore islands near
Phuket? If these have been split then it would be a "Lifer" Cheers
Actually the treatment of the bicolor complex in Sibley and Monroe
(electronic edition, availble from Thayer Birding Software) is more complex:
Ducula bicolor PIED IMPERIAL-PIGEON. Woodland, mangroves, coconut
groves. Widely distributed in coastal regions of se Asia and Indonesia,
mostly on small islands and islets (but absent from islands where close
relatives occur), from Andaman and Nicobar islands, coasts of se Asia
(except s Burma, w,c Thailand and Vietnam, but present on Con Son Islands)
and Philippines s,e through Indonesia (except Aru Is.) to w Papuan is.
(Salawati, Misool) and coastal nw New Guinea (Vogelkop). Includes D.
melanura of the Moluccas, which may be a color morph of D. bicolor. D.
bicolor, D. spilorrhoa, D. constans and D. subflavescens are closely-related.
Ducula luctuosa SILVER-TIPPED IMPERIAL-PIGEON. Woodland, mangroves,
coconut groves. Sulawesi. Has been treated as conspecific with D.
bicolor, but they overlap in north Sulawesi.
Ducula spilorrhoa TORRESIAN IMPERIAL-PIGEON. Woodland, mangroves,
coconut groves. Aru Is., New Guinea (incl. is. along n coast from Geelvink
Bay to D'Entrecasteaux and Louisiade archipelagos, but absent from far w),
islands in Torres Strait and n Australia from extreme ne W. Australia e to
ne Queensland and s to Mackay area. Winters n to New Guinea. Vagrant to
Lord Howe Island and n New South Wales.
Ducula constans KIMBERLEY IMPERIAL-PIGEON. Semi-deciduous vine forest,
mangroves, thickets near water. Ne W. Australia in the
Kimberleys. Original description by Bruce (1989. Riv. Ital. Orn.
59:219). Type locality near The Loop, Prince Regent River, Kimberley Div.,
W. Australia. See D. bicolor.
Ducula subflavescens YELLOW-TINTED IMPERIAL-PIGEON. Woodland,
mangroves. Bismarck Arch.,incl. Admiralty Islands.
Gibbs, Barnes and Eustace in "Pigeons and Doves" (Pica Press, 2001),
though, consider constans and spilorrhoa to be races of bicolor but treat
luctuosa and subflavescens as separate species. In their discussion they
note that treating bicolor and spilorrhoa as separate species goes back at
least to Goodwin's Pigeons and Doves of the World (1983). The paper by
Bruce that recogized constans and luctuosa, however, merged spilorrhoa and
bicolor. Gibbs et al note a complex pattern of introgression between
bicolor and spilorrhoa in the Moluccas but state that "these may yet be
shown to merit full allospecific status". The chief difference is the
degree of black spotting on the undertail coverts.
In other words, the situation is unsettled, and you can probably treat
them, for your own purposes, as you see fit.
Ronald I. Orenstein Phone: (905) 820-7886
International Wildlife Coalition Fax/Modem: (905) 569-0116
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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5L 3W2
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