Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon / Ducula rufigaster

Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon / Ducula rufigaster

Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon

SCI Name:  Ducula rufigaster
Protonym:  Columba rufigaster Voy.AstrolabeZool. 1 p.245
Category:  Columbiformes / Columbidae /
Taxonomy Code:  ptipig1
Type Locality:  Dorey [now Manokwari] New Guinea.
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Publish Year:  1830
IUCN Status:  

DEFINITIONS

DUCULA
(Columbidae; Ϯ Mountain Imperial Pigeon D. badia insignis) Nepalese name Dukul for the imperial pigeons (cf. Hindi names Dunkul and Doomkul); "Genus or Sub-genus — DUCULA nobis. — DUKUL OF THE NIPALESE (genericé)    Character of the genus:—bill equal to the head, straight, cylindric, very feeble; both mandibles membranous for three-fourths from the gape; tip of the upper mandible gently inclined—of the lower, strongly compressed; nares broad, linear, obliquely transverse, central; their groove faint; their tect subtumid.  Wings short, not rounded, 3, 4, 5 quills sub-equal and longest; central primaries with their tips wavily truncated.  Tail 14, long, strong and square; tarsi very low, and plumed nearly to the toes laterally, less in front; toes depressed with broad flat soles; lateral fores sub-equal, hind large; nails strong, arched and acuminated; central and hind equal, lateral fores equal, less; orbits nude; plumage simple.  The above is a tedious charcater, but it is a distinct one. Those who love more summary proceedings may perhaps approve the following: "Bill and wings as in Goura; legs and feet as in Vinago."  ...  Lastly, though Ducula, like Vinago, be exclusively arboreal and fruit-eating; the latter is eminently gregarious—the former, almost a solitary.   Species new. DUCULA INSIGNIS. Great Ducula, nobis." (Hodgson 1836); "Ducula Hodgson, As. Res., 19, 1836, p. 160. Type, by monotypy, Ducula insignis Hodgson." (Peters, 1937, III, p. 42).   
Synon. Carpophaga, Carpophagella, Compsoenas, Globicera, Lamprura, Muscadivora, Muscadivores, Myriphaga, Myristicivora, Phaenorhina, Pterocolpa, Ptilocolpa, Rinopus, Serresius, Zonoenas, Zonophaps.

rufigaster / rufigastra
Mod. L. rufigaster, rufigastri  red-bellied  < L. rufus  red, rufous; gaster, gasteris  belly.
● ex “Red-breasted Shoveler” of Pennant 1761, and “Red-breasted Duck” of Latham 1785 (syn. Spatula clypeata).
● ex “Figuier du Sénégal” and “Figuier à ventre gris du Sénégal” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 582, figs. 1, 3 (unident.).
● ex “Pie à Culotte de Peau” of Levaillant 1800, pl. 55 (artefact).

SUBSPECIES

Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon (rufigaster)
SCI Name: Ducula rufigaster rufigaster
rufigaster / rufigastra
Mod. L. rufigaster, rufigastri  red-bellied  < L. rufus  red, rufous; gaster, gasteris  belly.
● ex “Red-breasted Shoveler” of Pennant 1761, and “Red-breasted Duck” of Latham 1785 (syn. Spatula clypeata).
● ex “Figuier du Sénégal” and “Figuier à ventre gris du Sénégal” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 582, figs. 1, 3 (unident.).
● ex “Pie à Culotte de Peau” of Levaillant 1800, pl. 55 (artefact).

Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon (uropygialis)
SCI Name: Ducula rufigaster uropygialis
uropygialis / uropygiata / uropygiatus
Med. L. uropygium  rump  < Gr. ουροπυγιον ouropugion  bird’s rump.