Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

African Mourning Dove (Streptopelia decipiens) - HBW 4, p. 138

French: Tourterelle pleureuse German: Brillentaube Spanish: Tórtola Engañosa
Other common names: Mourning Dove/Collared-dove

Taxonomy: Turtur decipiens Hartlaub and Finsch, 1870, Dongala, north Sudan.
Closely related to S. semitorquata; also related to S. decaocto and S. roseogrisea. Includes S. fulvopectoralis, known from a single juvenile specimen. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • shelleyi (Salvadori, 1893) - Mauritania and Senegambia to S Niger and C Nigeria.
  • logonensis (Reichenow, 1921) - L Chad E to S Sudan, NE & E Zaire and W & N Uganda.
  • decipiens (Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) - Sudan (Darfur), N & C Ethiopia and NW Somalia.

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  • shelleyi (Salvadori, 1893) - Mauritania and Senegambia to S Niger and C Nigeria.
  • logonensis (Reichenow, 1921) - L Chad E to S Sudan, NE & E Zaire and W & N Uganda.
  • decipiens (Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) - Sudan (Darfur), N & C Ethiopia and NW Somalia.
  • elegans (Zedlitz, 1913) - S Ethiopia, S Somalia and N & E Kenya.
  • perspicillata (Fischer & Reichenow, 1884) - W Kenya and C Tanzania.
  • ambigua (Bocage, 1877) - E Angola, SE Zaire, Zambia and Malawi to R Zambezi and R Limpopo and adjacent lowlands.