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.
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
· 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
distinctive wollack-wa-hoo calls can be heard year round in the Lake Eacham
· It is often seen feeding in the top of fruiting trees around Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge