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Superb Fruit Dove

Superb Fruit Dove
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Anna's Favourites 1, A painter's dream, Pretty - Perfect - Picture, My purple obsession 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-17 7:33
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A colorful dove photographed in Weltvogelpark Walsrode in Germany.

The Superb Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus superbus), also known as the Purple-crowned Fruit Dove (leading to easy confusion with the Purple-capped Fruit Dove), is a medium-sized (22–24 cm long), colourful fruit-dove in the family Columbidae.

Native to Australasia, the Superb Fruit Dove lives in the rainforests of New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands, the Philippines and Sulawesi of Indonesia. In Australia, it is found from southern New South Wales around the town of Moruya and extends further north, where it becomes more common to Cape York in Queensland. In some areas of its range, such as the New Guinean rainforest, it is a resident bird; in more marginal or seasonal habitats such as those in Australia, flocks are known to move about according to the availability of food (Frith et al. 1976).

It is sexually dimorphic. Males are superbly coloured with a fiery orange nape, green ears, and a purple crown. The breast is grey, and divided from the abdomen by a wide, dark blue band. Their wings are olive green covered with dark spots, and the tail is tipped with white. Females are mostly green, with a white abdomen, blue wing tips, light blue breast, and a small, dark blue spot on the back of the head. Both sexes have yellow eyes and eye-rings. Despite its colourful plumage, the Superb Fruit Dove is well-camouflaged amongst the rainforest foliage.

The Superb Fruit Dove feeds primarily upon fruits and berries. In the Port Moresby area, the bulk of its diet was found to consist of figs, notably Ficus albipila and Ficus benjamina, Canarium australianum drupes, and Archontophoenix, Calamus and Livistona palm fruit. Also frequently eaten were the fruits of various cinnamon trees, Litsea, Neolitsea and Cryptocarya. Less important food were fruits of Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata), Syzygium, and Vitex cofassus. They eat smaller fruit than some other fruit doves; the maximum recorded volume was 2.5 cm³; in a spherical fruit, a 1.7 cm diameter.

Superb Fruit Doves' wings whistle when they fly, and their call is a steady coo-coo-coo-coo.

The breeding season lasts from September to January. A small platform of twigs is built 5–30 metres off the ground, in which the female lays one small, white egg. She incubates it during the night. The male takes his turn during the day.

Habitat loss is a primary threat, but the Superb Fruit Dove is still fairly widespread and common throughout its large range. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ranks it as least concern. In New South Wales, however, the Superb Fruit Dove is considered vulnerable, meaning it is likely to become endangered.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-08-17 7:41]

What a fantastic colorful bird!I never see one like that!
Amazing details and colors.
Congratulation for this beauty!

hallo Buurman Peter
Wat is dit een super mooie duif .
Die kleuren springen er zo goed uit
hij blijft mooi zitten voor je ,super goede details en veel scherpte
groetjes lou

Hello Peter,
What a nice shot.Amazing colour & all things.Regards.
Anil Purohit

Hi Peter,
What a lovely and colorful dove. Very well captured by you with sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-17 8:04]

Dag Peter,

Deze mag er wat kleur betreft ook zijn!Mooie pose zo op die tak en goed belicht. Er zitten ontzettend veel fraai gekleurde duifjes in Walsrode.
Als het aan mij ligt zetten we Walsrode eens goed in de schijnwerpers de komende weken.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-17 8:18]

HI Peter,it seem impossible that a incredible specie exist!What a beauty of nature and what a perfect pic,you take all the colors at the best,very impressive sharpness too,a great gift not only for the birds lover!Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hallo Peter,

een mooie duidelijke en gekleurde foto van deze schitterende duif.
Jammer van stukje staart.
Maar het is daar niet altijd even makkelijk goede foto's maken.
Practige kleuren.


Hello Peter,
fantastic colors of this bird and this photo. A very good image. Compliments, Paolo

Hello Peter
great shot of colorful Fruit Dove with very beautiful plumage. you nicely presented this tropical bird with good notes. POV, focus, composition and light using very nice. thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-17 10:22]
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Hi Peter,

Very interesting colored Fruit Dove (Yoy know Gerald Durrels Pink Dove?), i never see some like this, TFS!

Hallo Peter
I have no words. I am speechless. I have seen many birds with a variety of colours in their plumage, but this Fruit Dove that is a 1st for me wins all by far. I will have to let my themes speak further on my behalf, as I will place this beautiful bird in them where it rightfully belongs. Definitely the image of the day, and 10/10 for the purple crown. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-17 12:06]

Hello Peter,
You have taken a fine shot of a beautiful and striking species of dove. I have tried to photograph the Superb Fruit Dove in Queensland in Australia but it was too far from my compact camera to take a shot with flash, as like this one it like to perch in the shade in the wild state too.
So its great to see what it really looks like in this fine and sharp capture that shots its colours to full effect.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-17 12:10]

Hello Peter,
Very nice capture. What a colors. Great! Never seen this bird before. Good sharpness and nice POV.Best regards Siggi

Ha Peter,
deze duif staat er gekleurd op, jammer van de staart
Pose, POV, DOF en scherpte zijn Prima

TFS Thijs

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-17 13:22]

Hi Peter,

Another of your wonderful exotic birds. This Superb Fruit Dove is fantastic - he is truly a work of art. The purple crown is amazing - as are the other colors of the feathers and the black and gold wings, and the red feet, I have never seen anything like this before! The details of the face, yellow eye, wings and plumage are marvelous. I love the pose, the expression on his face and the excellent composition.


Hello Peter, superb shot of this colourful bird with great details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hi Peter. Great capture! Details, colurs, background and composition are wonderful.
Great POV.
TFS. Kind regards,

Hi Peter
Excellent shot.Very cute and pretty dove, never seen before.
Very nice pose....Looks wonderful.

hello Peter

excellent close-up photo of this exotic bird, shot with fine POV,
for the framing now it is more easy to write it »»» i would zoom
less to not cut his tail like it is on the photo, the focus sharpness
and details are superb, luminosity and colour tones beautiful, TFS


woww... what a beauty MF Peter! Really superb!
Thanks to you i learnt a new species today. This is utterly amazing capture focussed well. I liked your POV, the light effect and DOF here. The exposure, clarity and compoosition ara all flawless!
TFS and have a nice day!


  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-17 22:34]

What a beautiful and interestingly colored dove you got here, excellent. tfs.
Oh, smiles got over, next time.

No había visto nunca esta maravilla de ave Peter.
El primer pensamiento es de un colómbido disfrazdo festivamente jajaja.
Buena luz y captura de los colores. Un trabajo bello a la vez que espectacular.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hallo Peter,
what a fantastic capture of this colourful Dove, superb sharpness and splendid colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hello Peter,
A very beautiful colored birds taken with great sharp details, excellent POV and composition. Well done!

Hola Peter

Gracias por tu comentario.

Que preciosa imagen de este pajaro multicolor, es increible la cantidad de colores que tiene esta ave, es la primera vez que la veo. Fantastica imagen y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-20 1:14]

Hello Peter,
This one is really a colorful dove, I never have seen a dove like this one. Must be very nice to see in nature! Nice presentation, I just regret that you cut a little bit of the tail. The bird has an interesting interrogative attitude. Thanks also for the note.
Kind regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-08-20 9:33]

Hi Peter,
I love these fruit doves, especially these "superb" ones.
They are superb indeed. What incredible colors on their plumage.
You really captured the colors very well. Only nature would put those colors together, and they somehow work so well together. : )
Great profile shot.
TFS. : )

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-08-21 23:14]

Hello Peter,
I am always amazed at the many colorful birds from around the world that are displayed here on TN. This is an exceptionally beautiful bird shown in fine detail and in a peaceful pose. Very informative notes. Well done!!

Hello Peter,
you are lucky, I never visited this special birds-park, must be amazing. And I never saw such a colourful Dove, fantastic.
Most I love the violet head, crazy.
Thanks, a perfect post
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Peter. An amazing show of colours. Razoedetaisl and great lihgt. Well done.


To see these images and the magic of the make...THAT is why God saved my life. I may not be able to walk butt I can still see and hold a camera...Thanks for all your support.

Hello Peter
amazing colored Fruit-dove perfect captured, each details on his plumage is well seen great pose, light and BG
Have a good night

Ciao Peter, splendid bird with fantastic colors, superb sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-23 19:54]

Hello Peter,
This is another first for me and what an incredibly colourful species this is WOW. Great note, fantastic image what a learning experience for this old guy, thank you.

superb!! Fantastic Colors. TFS

Hello Peter,
The colours are really magic. Must be impressive to see this beauty. Excellent capture, with fine details and great management of light. Good night,

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