Wompoo Fruit Dove
Calls & Sounds

Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)

Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)

The call of the Wompoo Fruit Dove is an iconic sound of the rainforests of far north Queensland – a strange, gurgling ‘wom-poo’ or ‘wollack-a-woo’ call. They also make a range of unusual gargling or quacking sounds. These calls resonant in the rainforest and betray the presence of these beautiful fruit doves which, despite their vivid colours, can otherwise be quite difficult to locate as they feed unobtrusively in the forest canopy or midstorey.

The Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) is a large, colourful pigeon found along parts of the east coast of Australia and also in New Guinea. In Australia, it is generally more common in the tropical north where its voice is an evocative sound of Far North Queensland’s rainforests.

Listen to Wompoo Fruit Dove Calls

The audio in the video below features typical calls of the Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus keri). Recorded in the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia.


Wompoo Fruit Dove – Typical calls in West Papua (ssp puella)

XC531824 In the New Guinea region, two subspecies of Wompoo Fruit Dove are currently recognized (ssp poliurus & puella). The calls of these taxa are more of a throaty ‘woaark-woo’ as can be heard in this recording. Recorded in Waigeo, West Papua.


Wompoo Fruit Dove – Typical calls in NSW (ssp magnificus)

XC295305 South-east Queensland & New South Wales are home to the nominate subspecies Ptilinopus magnificus magnificus. The typical calls of this taxon are a deep boomy ‘womp-woo’. Recorded in Yarriabini National Park, New South Wales.

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