Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata) - HBW 4, p. 159

French: Tourterelle oreillarde German: Ohrflecktaube Spanish: Zenaida Torcaza
Other common names: Violet-eared/Blue-eared/Torpedo/Bronze-necked/Gold-neck Dove

Taxonomy: Peristera auriculata Des Murs, 1847, Chile.
Formerly placed in genus Zenaidura. Forms superspecies with Z. macroura and Z. graysoni. Eleven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rubripes Lawrence, 1885 - Lesser Antilles (St Lucia, St Vincent, Barbados, Glover's I, Carriacou and Grenada) and Trinidad, and from C Colombia (Magdalena Valley) through Venezuela (including Margarita I) S to R Orinoco to Guyana and N Brazil (Rio Branco).
  • hypoleuca Bonaparte, 1855 - W Ecuador and Peru.
  • caucae Chapman, 1922 - Cauca Valley in W Colombia.

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  • rubripes Lawrence, 1885 - Lesser Antilles (St Lucia, St Vincent, Barbados, Glover's I, Carriacou and Grenada) and Trinidad, and from C Colombia (Magdalena Valley) through Venezuela (including Margarita I) S to R Orinoco to Guyana and N Brazil (Rio Branco).
  • hypoleuca Bonaparte, 1855 - W Ecuador and Peru.
  • caucae Chapman, 1922 - Cauca Valley in W Colombia.
  • antioquiae Chapman, 1917 - Antioquia, in NC Andes of Colombia.
  • ruficauda Bonaparte, 1855 - E Andes of Colombia and Andes of Mérida, W Venezuela.
  • vinaceorufa Ridgway, 1884 - Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire.
  • jessieae Ridgway, 1888 - few localities on banks of lower Amazon (e.g. Diamantina, near Santarem).
  • marajoensis Berlepsch, 1913 - islands of Marajó and Mexiana in Amazon Estuary.
  • noronha Sharpe, 1890 - NE Brazil, in Maranhão, Piauí and Bahia; Fernando de Noronha Is.
  • virgata Bertoni, 1901 - Bolivia and C Brazil (Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, São Paulo) S to Uruguay and S Argentina (Chubut) S to Tierra del Fuego.
  • auriculata (Des Murs, 1847) - C Chile (Atacama to Llanquihue) and CW Argentina (near Mendoza and L Nahuel Huapi).