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Photo by Kirsty
Simien Mountains, Ethiopia, November 2004
Streptopelia lugens


  • Mainly grey
  • Black patch on side of neck
  • Rufous-edged wing coverts
  • Red brown iris
  • Grey bill


Africa and southwestern Arabia
Western Africa: occurs only in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia and Yemen


This is a monotypic species[1].

Three subspecies: funebrea, bishaensis and rabica are generally considered invalid[2].


Alpine moorland, bush, rocky slopes in upland grassland. Observed at heights over 4000 meters.



  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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