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Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) - HBW 4, p. 157

French: Géopélie zébrée German: Sperbertäubchen Spanish: Tortolita Estriada
Other common names: Zebra Ground-dove

Taxonomy: Columba striata Linnaeus, 1766, Java.
Despite superficial resemblances to Streptopelia, genus probably most closely related to bronzewing group (Phaps and allies), based on behaviour. Present species forms a superspecies with G. placida and G. maugei, and all three have sometimes been considered conspecific; however, songs of all three forms are distinctly different. Monotypic.

Distribution: S Myanmar (Tenasserim) through Malaysia to Sumatra and Java. Widely introduced, and there is considerable uncertainty about its original native range, notably in Borneo, Philippines, Bali and Lombok. Feral populations well established in Thailand, Borneo, Sulawesi, Moluccas (Ambon), Tahiti, Hawaiian Is, St Helena, Madagascar and Seychelles.