White-collared pigeon

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White-collared pigeon
Columba albitorques.jpg
In Ethiopia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Columba
Species: C. albitorques
Binomial name
Columba albitorques
Rüppell, 1837

The white-collared pigeon (Columba albitorques) is a species of bird in the family Columbidae.

The species is endemic to the Ethiopian highlands in Eritrea and Ethiopia. It occupies countryside surrounding rocky cliffs and gorges. Also common in town centres[2]

Description[edit]

32 centimetres (13 in) long. This large grey-brown pigeon has an obvious white hindcollar contrasting with a dark slate head. In flight it shows prominent white wing patches formed by white inner primary coverts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Columba albitorques". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Sinclair & Ryan 2003, p. 202
  • Sinclair, Ian; Ryan, Peter (2003). Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Cape Town: Struik.