Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Eurasian Collared-dove (Streptopelia decaocto) - HBW 4, p. 137

French: Tourterelle turque German: Türkentaube Spanish: Tórtola Turca
Other common names: Eastern/Eurasian/Indian Ring-dove, Collared Turtle-dove

Taxonomy: Columba risoria Linnaeus var. decaocto Frivaldszky, 1838, Turkey.
Forms a superspecies with S. bitorquata, S. roseogrisea and S. reichenowi; sometimes considered conspecific with S. roseogrisea. Proposed race stoliczkae of Chinese Turkestan based on feral birds. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • decaocto (Frivaldszky, 1838) - Europe to Asia Minor, Turkestan and N China and S to NE Africa, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, India, Sri Lanka and W China.
  • xanthocyclus (Newman, 1906) - Myanmar, Shan States, Yunnan and E China.