Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Snow Pigeon (Columba leuconota) - HBW 4, p. 113

French: Pigeon des neiges German: Schneetaube Spanish: Paloma Nival
Other common names: Tibetan Dove, White-bellied Pigeon

Taxonomy: Columba leuconota Vigors, 1831, Himalayas (probably Nepal).
Closely related to C. livia and C. rupestris. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • leuconota Vigors, 1831 - Himalayas from W Afghanistan to Sikkim; in summer also occurs in Alay Mts and Pamirs in Tadjikistan.
  • gradaria Hartert, 1916 - mountains of E Tibet and from E Nan Shan (Qinghai) to Yunnan and extreme N Myanmar.

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