Pied Imperial Pigeon

Pied Imperial Pigeon by Ck Leong

On a recent trip (with the Oundle School natural history trip to Borneo) to Lankayan Island off the north-east coast of Sabah, the Pied Imperial Pigeon Ducula bicolor was without doubt the standout of a rather short list of avian fauna there.  This island inhabitant displays a creamy white head and body with black flight feathers and uppertail.  It feeds on fruits and will migrate to other islands or coastal mainland in their search for food.  I also saw a small flock of them on the beach picking on small pieces of broken coral.

Thanks to Lyn Hunt.


  1. Murphy says:

    This is such a beautiful pigeon!

  2. CK Leong says:

    Yes indeed, they all are!

  3. Yen says:

    that is a beautiful pigeon. nicely done too.

  4. Ng Chee Peng says:

    Very beautiful pigeon. CK sifu, where else can we get this bird?

  5. CK Leong says:

    Peng, you can get this pigeon on a number of offshore islands. Nearest to KK is P. Tiga.

  6. CK Leong says:

    Thanks Yen, I am learning.

  7. Thomas More Willie says:

    I noticed from mid 2011 till to- date, a lot of these birds at the Sabah Golf & Country Club in Luyang, Kota Kinabalu. But the birds are shining green on their backs and greyish white from the breasts down. They are perch fairly low on the tree branches. Lovely to watch such majestic birds!

  8. CK Leong says:

    Your birds seem to be the Green Imperial Pigeons. Thanks for sharing.

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