Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Whistling Green-pigeon (Treron formosae) - HBW 4, p. 203

French: Colombar de Formose German: Formosagrüntaube Spanish: Vinago de Formosa
Other common names: Formosan/Red-capped Green-pigeon

Taxonomy: Treron formosæ Swinhoe, 1863, Taiwan.
In past, sometimes placed in genus Sphenurus. Closely allied to T. sphenura and T. sieboldii, and more distantly to T. oxyura species-group. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • permagnus Stejneger, 1887 - N Ryukyu Is (Yakushima, Amami O-shima, Okinawa).
  • medioximus (Bangs, 1901) - S Ryukyu Is (Ishigaki, Iriomote, Yonaguni).
  • formosae Swinhoe, 1863 - mountains of Taiwan.
  • filipina Hachisuka, 1952 - N Philippines (Batan, Sabtang, Calayan, Camiguin Norte).