Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Band-tailed Pigeon (Columba fasciata) - HBW 4, p. 125

French: Pigeon à queue barrée German: Bandtaube Spanish: Paloma Torcaza
Other common names: White-collared/Blue Pigeon

Taxonomy: Columba fasciata Say, 1823, Plum Creek, Colorado.
Forms a superspecies with C. araucana and C. caribaea. Proposed race tucumana of NW Argentina invalid. Race albilinea sometimes considered a separate species, incorporating crissalis and roraimae. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • fasciata Say, 1823 - SW British Columbia (including Vancouver I) S through W USA (Washington, California, New Mexico, W Texas) and most of Mexico to Guatemala, Honduras and NC Nicaragua.
  • vioscae Brewster, 1888 - mountains of extreme S tip of Baja California.
  • letonai Dickey & van Rossem, 1926 - border of Honduras and El Salvador, including Volcán de San Miguel.

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  • fasciata Say, 1823 - SW British Columbia (including Vancouver I) S through W USA (Washington, California, New Mexico, W Texas) and most of Mexico to Guatemala, Honduras and NC Nicaragua.
  • vioscae Brewster, 1888 - mountains of extreme S tip of Baja California.
  • letonai Dickey & van Rossem, 1926 - border of Honduras and El Salvador, including Volcán de San Miguel.
  • parva Griscom, 1935 - N Nicaragua.
  • crissalis Salvadori, 1893 - Costa Rica and W Panama.
  • roraimae Chapman, 1929 - Venezuela, known only from Mt Roraima, on border with Guyana.
  • albilinea Bonaparte, 1854 - Colombia (Andes, Santa Marta Mts, Sierra de Perijá), N & S Venezuela, Trinidad and adjacent NW Brazil (Roraima), S through Andes of Ecuador, Peru and C Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz) to NW Argentina (Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca and Tucumán).