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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 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.

      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, but the commonness of many species, for example the peaceful dove,
        which is a minimal nester, means they must serve their purpose. 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)

      It is the largest of the Tropical North Queensland fruit-doves.

      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.

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

      It is often seen feeding in the top of  fruiting trees around Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge

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