Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Hill Pigeon (Columba rupestris) - HBW 4, p. 113

French: Pigeon des rochers German: Klippentaube Spanish: Paloma Rupestre
Other common names: Eastern/Bar-tailed/White-tailed Rock-pigeon/Rock-dove, Blue Hill-pigeon

Taxonomy: Columba Oenas d rupestris Pallas, 1811, Dauria.
Closely related to C. livia and C. leuconota. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • turkestanica Buturlin, 1908 - Semiretschensk, Zaissen and Russian Altai S through Turkestan to Balistan (Gilgit, Yasin, Hunza and Karakoram), and E to W Tibet and N Himalayan slopes.
  • rupestris Pallas, 1811 - W Mongolia, Transbaikalia and Amurland S through Mongolia to E Tibet, W Sichuan, Helan Shan and Heilongjiang, and Korea.

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