Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis) - HBW 4, p. 158

French: Géopélie à nuque rousse German: Kupfernackentäubchen Spanish: Tortolita Humeral
Other common names: Bronze-necked/Copper-necked/Barred-shouldered/Mangrove/Scrub Dove, Pandanus/River Pigeon

Taxonomy: Columba humeralis Temminck, 1821, Queensland.
Despite superficial resemblances to Streptopelia, genus probably most closely related to bronzewing group (Phaps and allies), based on behaviour. Validity of races has been questioned, as differences appear very minor. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • gregalis Bangs & J. L. Peters, 1926 - SE New Guinea.
  • humeralis (Temminck, 1821) - N & E Australia.
  • headlandi Mathews, 1913 - Pilbara region, NC Western Australia.