Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

African Collared-dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea) - HBW 4, p. 137

French: Tourterelle rieuse German: Lachtaube Spanish: Tórtola Rosigrís
Other common names: Pink-headed Dove, Rosy-grey Turtle-dove; Barbary Dove (“risoria”)

Taxonomy: Columbam roseogriseam [sic] Sundevall, 1857, Nubia.
Forms a superspecies with S. bitorquata, S. decaocto and S. reichenowi; sometimes considered conspecific with S. decaocto. Domesticated form, sometimes referred to as “S. risoria”, has been subject of many studies on genetics, psychology, ethology, neurophysiology and notably endocrinology. Populations W of L Chad sometimes awarded separate race, bornuensis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • roseogrisea (Sundevall, 1857) - SW Mauritania and Senegambia E through Mali, Niger, Chad and Sudan to W Ethiopia.
  • arabica (Neumann, 1904) - coastal Eritrea and Somalia, and Arabia from Jiddah to Aden (S Yemen).