Luzon bleeding-heart dove

Gallicolumba luzonica

This dove gets its name from the red feathers on its breast, which stand out against the predominant white colouring of the rest of the bird’s body. It lives in the rainforest, where it feeds on seeds, berries, fallen fruit and small invertebrates.

Breeding program

ESB_Zoo_Captura

Natural habit

Philippines

Luzon bleeding-heart dove
  • Distribution / Resident
  • Breeding
  • Wintering
  • Subspecies

Risk level

  • Extint
  • Extint in the wild
  • Critically endangered
  • In Danger
  • Vulnerable
  • Near threatened
  • Minor concern
  • Insufficient data
  • Not evaluated
Gairebé amenaçat

Taxonomy

Class
Aves
Order
Columbiformes
Family
Columbidae

Physical characteristics

170-190 g
Birth Weight:
25 - 35 cm
Up to 10 years

Biology

Habitat
Jungle
Social life
Gregarious
Feeding
Herbivorous

Reproduction

Gestation
16- 18
Days
Baby
1 to 3

Discover how they are

Biology

Description

This dove receives its name from the bright-red patch on its chest, standing out over the white colouring that is predominant on this animal's body. The dorsal is dark, with grey and black striped wings.

Habitat

Their area of distribution is very restricted, as they only inhabit Luzon Island and some other small islands surrounding the archipelago of the Philippines. Their habitat is the rainforests that are located from sea level up to 1400m of altitude.

Feeding

They feed on seeds, berries, fallen fruits and small invertebrates that they capture on the forest flor.

Reproduction

Although very little is known of their breeding process in nature, specimens in captivity have let us find out a bit more about how they breed. They make nests with lined-up branches and leaves of a certain size, where they lay two eggs, which they incubate for 17 days.

Conduct

Sedentary, they tend to only travel short distances searching for food.

Status and conservation programs

Their populations have been shrinking in recent years due to direct hunting and the destruction of their natural habitat. They are close to being endangered. The Barcelona Zoo participates in the European Studbook (ESB) for this species in captivity.