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wompoo fruit-dove
Photo: C & D Frith
Australia's Cape York Peninsula

WOMPOO FRUIT-DOVE: Ptilinopus magnificus 37 cm

  • In Australia the Wompoo Fruit-Dove is a common resident of rainforests.

  • Despite its colourful plumage (of purples, greens, yellows, and blues) it can be difficult to observe in the rainforest canopy.  However, it flies noisily and has loud calls.

  • It feeds on mainly succulent fruits, even large ones such as figs being swallowed whole.

  •  The name refers to its extraordinary call that sounds eerily like a human voice.

  • This distinctive ‘wollack-wa-hoo’ calls can be heard year round in the Lake Eacham rainforest.

  • Although it feeds mainly in the canopy, it is sometimes seen eating fallen fruit on
            the forest floor beside the pathway of the Lake Eacham Walk.
  • It is also often seen feeding in the top of  fruiting trees around Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge .
  • It is the largest of the Tropical North Queensland fruit-doves.
  • The nests of many pigeons and doves seem to consist of not much more than a
            beakful of twigs and a prayer. It is surprising that they hold eggs, let alone wriggling
            nestlings. It has been suggested that these nests may dry out quickly after rain. Flimsiness, however, may be an illusion; the sticks in nests of superb fruit-doves were found to consist of forked twigs which were locked into place and difficult to pull apart.
    (Source: Department of Environment)

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