Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon (Columba delegorguei) - HBW 4, p. 131

French: Pigeon de Delegorgue German: Bronzehalstaube Spanish: Paloma de Delegorgue
Other common names: Bronze-naped/Delegorgue's/Crimson-winged Pigeon

Taxonomy: Columba Delegorguei Delegorgue, 1847, Durban, Natal.
Forms a superspecies with C. iriditorques and C. malherbii, and all three may be conspecific; these three sometimes placed in a subgenus Turturoena. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sharpei (Salvadori, 1893) - SE Sudan through Uganda and Kenya to Tanzania (including Zanzibar).
  • delegorguei Delegorgue, 1847 - Malawi, E Zimbabwe and Mozambique (Mt Gorongoza) to South Africa (Transkei and E Griqualand to Natal and W Zululand).