Ptilinopus arcanus Ripley & Rabor, 1955:1

Negros Fruit dove, Negros fruit-dove



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1953

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered


There was a possible sighting in 2003 (Szabo et al. 2012).



Negros, Philippines


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Ripley, S. Dillon and Rabor, D. S. (1955). A new fruit pigeon from the Philippines. Postilla Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 21: 1-2.


Other references:

BirdLife International. (2012a). Ptilinopus arcanus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 09 July 2012.

BirdLife International. (2012b). Species factsheet: Ptilinopus arcanus. Downloaded from on 09/07/2012.

Brooks, T. M., Evans, T. D., Dutson, G. C. L., Anderson, G. Q. A., Asane, D. C., Timmins, R. J. and Toledo, A. G. (1992). Conservation status of the birds of Negros, Philippines. Bird Conservation International 2(4): 273-302.

Butchart, S. H. M.; Collar, N. J.; Crosby, M. J. & Tobias, J. A. (2005). Asian enigmas: "Lost" and poorly known birds: targets for birders in Asia. Birding Asia 3: 41-49.

Butchart, Stuart H. M., Stattersfield, A. J. and Brooks, T. M. (2006). Going or gone: defining ‘Possibly Extinct’ species to give a truer picture of recent extinctions. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 126A: 7-24.

Collar, N. J., Andreev, A. V., Chan, S., Crosby, M. J., Subramanya, S. and Tobias, J. A. (2001). Threatened Birds of Asia: The BirdLife International Red Data Book. Third edition. Cambridge, U.K.: BirdLife International.

Collar, N. J. and Lambert, F. R. (2013). The elusive Negros Fruit Dove Ptilinopus arcanus sixty years on. BirdingAsia 19: 38-41.

Collar, Nigel J. and Sykes, Brian R. (2009). Lost, found and saved—OBC conservation: the next 25 years. BirdingASIA 11: 41-46.

Gibbs, D., Barnes, E. and Cox, J. (2001). Pigeons and Doves. Robertsbridge, Sussex: Pica Press.

Hume, Julian Pender and Walters, Michael. (2012). Extinct Birds. London: T & AD Poyser. 544 pp.

Szabo JK, Khwaja N, Garnett ST, Butchart SHM. (2012). Global Patterns and Drivers of Avian Extinctions at the Species and Subspecies Level. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47080.


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