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White-collared Pigeon - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Ethiopian Rock Pigeon

Photo by Mike Pennington
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 2009
Columba albitorques


28-31 cm.

  • Slate grey plumage
  • Prominent white collar across back of nape
  • White primary coverts, forming a white patch on the wings in flight
  • Some black chequering on secondary wing-coverts
  • Black tail with inconspicious grey central band

Sexes similar, juveniles with pale edges to crown feathers.


Highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
A restricted-range species, common to abundant in its small range.


This is a monotypic species.


Occurs in woodland, grassland and cultivated area above 1800 m, near cliffs, gullies, villages or rock outcrops. Also found in cities like Addis Ababa.
Usually above 2400 m, foraging in fields up to 4400 m.



Feeds on seeds, grains and newly sown wheat.


Breeds all year round. The nest is placed in a hole in a cliff, a cave or a building. Lays 2 eggs.


A sedentary species. Moves daily from high-altitude foraging sites to low-altitude roosts, sweeping down steep slopes at very high speed.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2014)

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