Pied Imperial Pigeon

Scientific Name: Ducula bicolor

Malay Name: Rawa Biasa

Chinese Name: 斑皇鸠

Range: Found from the Nicobar and Andaman Islands to Southeast Asia

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 38-41 cm

Identification: Adult has white overall plumage with contrasting black primaries and secondaries and black tail. Juvenile resembles adult but white feathers have buffish tips.

Habitat: Coastal forests, mangroves and gardens/parks with fruiting palms.

Behaviour/Ecology: Wild population undertakes long flights from island to island in search of new food source.

Local Status: Common introduced resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2021)

Location: Chinese Garden, Japanese Garden, Kent Ridge, Jalan Bahar, Tuas South and Sungei Buloh. Wild population usually sighted at the Southern Islands like St. John’s Island, Sisters’ Islands, Pulau Hantu and Pulau Semakau.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2021). Ducula bicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-3.RLTS.T22691799A198132396.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.