- Columba albinucha
- Large white nuchal patch
- Purplish maroon crown and lores
- Ash grey throat and sides of neck, darker face
- White chin
- Purple mantle, slate back, rump and uppertail-coverts, faintly scaled
- Ash grey breast
- Dark purple belly with whitish spots on feathers
- Dark grey vent
- Black bill with yellow or red tip
- Red to purplish red legs
Sexes similar but female with pale grey nuchal patch, vinous-grey breast and greyish purple mantle.
Juveniles have greyer heads and dark brown upperparts.
Reminds of African Olive Pigeon, but White-naped Pigeon is smaller and has a large white nuchal patch.
This is a monotypic species.
Feeds on fruit and berries.
Forages in the canopy or at mid-level of forest, rarely on the ground.
Birds in breeding condition collected in February in Cameroon. One described nest contained 1 white egg and was found in secondary growth in a forest clearing.
This is a resident species.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2016)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) White-naped Pigeon. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/White-naped_Pigeon