Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Red Turtle-dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica) - HBW 4, p. 139

French: Tourterelle à tête grise German: Zwerglachtaube Spanish: Tórtola Cabecigrís
Other common names: Red Ring-dove, Red-collared Dove, Dwarf Turtle-dove

Taxonomy: Columba tranquebarica Hermann, 1804, Tranquebaria, India.
A very distinctive species, distantly related to the S. roseogrisea group. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tranquebarica (Hermann, 1804) - Sind and Punjab E to W Nepal, Bihar and Bengal, and S through peninsular India.
  • humilis (Temminck, 1824) - NE Tibet, Nepal, Sikkim and Assam through Myanmar, Andaman Is, Thailand and Indochina to N China, Taiwan and N Philippines.