Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Luzon Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba luzonica) - HBW 4, p. 179

French: Gallicolombe poignardée German: Dolchstichtaube Spanish: Paloma Apuñalada de Luzón
Other common names: Luzon Blood-breasted/Bleeding-heart Pigeon

Taxonomy: Columba Luzonica Scopoli, 1786, Luzon, Philippines.
A member of the bleeding-heart superspecies, with G. criniger, G. platenae, G. keayi and G. menagei, which are sometimes isolated in a subgenus Gallicolumba along with G. rufigula; all of the bleeding-hearts have been considered conspecific by some authorities. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • griseolateralis Parkes, 1962 - N Luzon (N Philippines).
  • luzonica (Scopoli, 1786) - C & S Luzon and Polillo (N Philippines).
  • rubiventris Gonzales, 1983 - Vigo-Gigmoto watershed on Catanduanes (NE Philippines).