Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) - HBW 4, p. 150

French: Tourtelette masquée German: Kaptäubchen Spanish: Tortolita Rabilarga
Other common names: Cape/Long-tailed Dove

Taxonomy: Columba capensis Linnaeus, 1766, Cape of Good Hope.
Related to members of genus Turtur with which it shares plumage characters and a vocalization. Racial variation questionably valid. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • capensis (Linnaeus, 1766) - sub-Saharan Africa, Socotra and Arabia; recently established in Israel.
  • aliena Bangs, 1918 - Madagascar.