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It is a small (21 cm in length and 105-112g in weight) pigeon with mainly green plumage, distinguished by a large orange patch on the lower breast and belly, a small lilac shoulder patch, pale yellow undertail coverts, and a grey terminal band on the tail. Female simile but with less bronzy tinge to green plumage.Juveniles without orange markings. The dove is usually found in New Guinea, Aru Islands and western Papuan islands. It has been recorded from Boigu Island, Queensland, Australian territory in northern Torres Strait.