Pied Imperial Pigeon (species: Ducula bicolor) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Ducula bicolor
Pied Imperial Pigeon

©Ceri Pearce: Pied Imperial Pigeon at Lizard Island

©David Randall: Juvenile Pied Imperial Pigeon in nest at Turtle Group near Lizard Island

©Penny Berents: Ducula bicolor at Lizard Island Research Station.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Ducula
Species Ducula bicolor
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

A fat white pigeon with black edges to wings and tail. Migratory, common in the Lizard Island area from late August through the summer breeding season to about April.


  • From 38 cm to 44 cm (size according to Simpson and Day, 2004)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.
  • Smith, G.C. (1987). The birds of Eagle Island, a tropical sand cay on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia, The Sunbird, 17(1): 1-11. LIRS catalog number 245.