Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Madagascar Green-pigeon (Treron australis) - HBW 4, p. 199

French: Colombar maïtsou German: Graunasen-Grüntaube Spanish: Vinago Malgache
Other common names: Moheli Green-pigeon (griveaudi)

Taxonomy: Columba australis Linnaeus, 1771, south-eastern Madagascar.
With the exception of the more distinct T. waalia, the green-pigeons of African mainland and islands form a closely related group, within which species limits have been much debated. Present species of Madagascar has often been considered conspecific with T. calva of the mainland; however, based on differences in cere colour and on geographical separation of forms, it seems most appropriate to consider present species as forming a superspecies with T. calva, T. pembaensis and T. sanctithomae. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • griveaudi Benson, 1960 - Mwali (Moheli) in Comoro Is; in past, probably also on Ngazidja (Grand Comoro) and Ndzuani (Anjouan).
  • xenia Salomonsen, 1934 - W Madagascar.
  • australis (Linnaeus, 1771) - Madagascar E of the high plateau.

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