Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Dusky Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia magna) - HBW 4, p. 144

French: Grande Phasianelle German: Schweiftaube Spanish: Tórtola-cuco Grande
Other common names: Large/Barred-necked Cuckoo-dove

Taxonomy: Macropygia magna Wallace, 1864, Timor.
May form superspecies with M. amboinensis, M. phasianella, M. rufipennis, M. tenuirostris and M. emiliana, and all six sometimes considered conspecific; various other combinations proposed with present species normally considered to be closest to M. amboinensis and M. phasianella; species limits poorly understood, and further study required in order to clarify precise relationships within this complex. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • macassariensis Wallace, 1865 - SW Sulawesi (possibly) and islands of Tana Keke and Salayar.
  • longa Meise, 1930 - Tanahjampea and Kalaotoa (S of Sulawesi).
  • magna Wallace, 1864 - E Lesser Sundas, on Timor, Alor, Wetar, Romang, Kisar, Leti, Moa and Sermata.
  • timorlaoensis A. B. Meyer, 1884 - Tanimbar Is (Yamdena, Larat, Selaru).