Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Tambourine Dove (Turtur tympanistria) - HBW 4, p. 149

French: Tourtelette tambourette German: Tamburintaube Spanish: Palomita Tamborilera
Other common names: Forest Dove, White-breasted Pigeon, White-breasted Wood-dove

Taxonomy: Columba Tympanistria Temminck, 1810, South Africa.
Formerly placed in monospecific genus Tympanistria, as differs notably from all other Turtur species in coloration, and in having a sharply attenuated first primary; however, vocalizations, displays and most plumage patterns consistent with placement in genus Turtur. All populations N of R Cunene (S Angola) and R Zambezi formerly separated in race fraseri. Monotypic.

Distribution: Senegambia through coastal W Africa to Ethiopia and S Somalia, and S through C & E Africa to E & S South Africa; also Bioko (Fernando Póo) and Comoro Is.