Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Ring-necked Dove (Streptopelia capicola) - HBW 4, p. 139

French: Tourterelle du Cap German: Gurrtaube Spanish: Tórtola de El Cabo
Other common names: Cape Turtle-dove, Cape/Dark-eyed Ring-dove, Damara Dove

Taxonomy: Columbam vinaceam var. capicolam [sic] Sundevall, 1857, Rondebosch, Cape Province.
Forms a superspecies with S. vinacea. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • electa (Madarász, 1913) - W Ethiopia.
  • somalica (Erlanger, 1905) - E Ethiopia, Somalia and N Kenya S to Uaso Nyiro R.
  • tropica (Reichenow, 1902) - C Kenya to Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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  • electa (Madarász, 1913) - W Ethiopia.
  • somalica (Erlanger, 1905) - E Ethiopia, Somalia and N Kenya S to Uaso Nyiro R.
  • tropica (Reichenow, 1902) - C Kenya to Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
  • onguati Macdonald, 1957 - SW Angola and N Namibia.
  • damarensis (Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) - Namibia, Botswana and SW Zimbabwe.
  • capicola (Sundevall, 1857) - W Cape Province, South Africa.