White-bellied Imperial-Pigeon

White-bellied Imperial-Pigeon / Ducula forsteni

White-bellied Imperial-Pigeon

Here the details of the White-bellied Imperial-Pigeon named bird below:

SCI Name:  Ducula forsteni
Protonym:  Hemiphaga forsteni Compt.Rend. 39 p.1077
Taxonomy:  Columbiformes / Columbidae /
Taxonomy Code:  wbipig1
Type Locality:  
Publish Year:  1854
IUCN Status:  


(Columbidae; Ϯ Mountain Imperial Pigeon D. badia insignis) Nepalese name Dukul for the imperial pigeons (cf. Hindi names Dunkul and Doomkul); "Genus or Sub-genus — DUCULA nobis. — DUKUL OF THE NIPALESE (genericé)    Character of the genus:—bill equal to the head, straight, cylindric, very feeble; both mandibles membranous for three-fourths from the gape; tip of the upper mandible gently inclined—of the lower, strongly compressed; nares broad, linear, obliquely transverse, central; their groove faint; their tect subtumid.  Wings short, not rounded, 3, 4, 5 quills sub-equal and longest; central primaries with their tips wavily truncated.  Tail 14, long, strong and square; tarsi very low, and plumed nearly to the toes laterally, less in front; toes depressed with broad flat soles; lateral fores sub-equal, hind large; nails strong, arched and acuminated; central and hind equal, lateral fores equal, less; orbits nude; plumage simple.  The above is a tedious charcater, but it is a distinct one. Those who love more summary proceedings may perhaps approve the following: "Bill and wings as in Goura; legs and feet as in Vinago."  ...  Lastly, though Ducula, like Vinago, be exclusively arboreal and fruit-eating; the latter is eminently gregarious—the former, almost a solitary.   Species new. DUCULA INSIGNIS. Great Ducula, nobis." (Hodgson 1836); "Ducula Hodgson, As. Res., 19, 1836, p. 160. Type, by monotypy, Ducula insignis Hodgson." (Peters, 1937, III, p. 42).   
Synon. Carpophaga, Carpophagella, Compsoenas, Globicera, Lamprura, Muscadivora, Muscadivores, Myriphaga, Myristicivora, Phaenorhina, Pterocolpa, Ptilocolpa, Rinopus, Serresius, Zonoenas, Zonophaps.

forsteni / forstenii
Dr Eltio Alegondus Forsten (1811-1843) Dutch zoologist, collector in the East Indies 1838-1843 (syn. Aplonis mysolensis (ex Lamprotornis obscura Forsten MS = Bonaparte, 1851), syn. Aviceda subcristata reinwardtiiDucula, subsp. Megapodius freycinet, Meropogon, Oriolus, subsp. Pitta sordida, syn. Todiramphus chloris, Trichoglossus, syn. Tyto alba delicatula).
● See: forsteri