Black-naped Fruit Dove

(Ptilinopus melanospila)


Black-naped Fruit Dove

The Zoo is home to four black-naped fruit doves, one male, one female, their offspring (also a male), and a fledgling. The male came to the Zoo in 2015 from Pueblo Zoo in Colorado, while the female, hatched in 2008, came from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in 2013.

Status in the Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern.


The black-naped fruit dove genus is believed to have originated in New Guinea but is now distributed throughout Java, the Celebes Sea, the Moluccas Islands, and the Southern Philippines (Southeast Asia). This species of Ptilinlopus can be found in both temperate and tropical climate habitats; including forests,forest edge and scrub land. These birds can be found in both agricultural areas and in isolated fruit trees,searching for berries and fruits.


The black-naped fruit dove’s diet consists of fruits and berries, especially figs.

Did you know?

This species tends to be solitary, although they can be found in pairs and sometimes seen in larger groups formed in fruit trees.

Platform-shaped nests are built out of twigs and grass stems; they are never built high off the ground.

These birds can live up to 20 years in captivity!

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