Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Mindanao Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba criniger) - HBW 4, p. 179

French: Gallicolombe de Bartlett German: Brandtaube Spanish: Paloma Apuñalada de Mindanao
Other common names: Bartlett's (Blood-breasted) Pigeon/Bleeding-heart, Hair-breasted Pigeon, Hair-breasted Bleeding-heart

Taxonomy: Pampusanna criniger Pucheran, 1853, Sulu Islands; error = Mindanao.
A member of the bleeding-heart superspecies, with G. luzonica, 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. Proposed race basilanica is a synonym of bartletti. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leytensis (Hartert, 1918) - Samar, Leyte and Bohol (CE Philippines).
  • criniger (Pucheran, 1853) - Mindanao and Dinagat (SE Philippines).
  • bartletti (P. L. Sclater, 1863) - Basilan (SE Philippines).