In Australia the Superb Fruit-Dove is a mainly
summer visitor to the drier types of rainforests, regrowth and adjacent dense
In north Queensland it is commoner than farther
south, where it is only a vagrant to Victoria and Tasmania.
It eats a great variety of fruits, from laurels,
palms, myrtles, figs and other plants.
Despite its colourful plumage it is usually
difficult to observe. Even birds
calling loudly can remain unseen.
· It is generally seen alone or in pairs but sometimes groups gather at fruiting trees.
· Although they spend most time in the upper foliage of the rainforest, the nest is often placed a few metres above the ground.
· The main call is five to six clear, deep whoops
· It is observed regularly in fairly open acacia regrowth round Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge but is more often heard than seen.