Blue-spotted Wood-Dove / Turtur afer

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove / Turtur afer

Blue-spotted Wood-Dove

SCI Name:  Turtur afer
Protonym:  Columba afra Syst.Nat.ed.12 ed.12 p.284
Taxonomy:  Columbiformes / Columbidae /
Taxonomy Code:  bswdov1
Type Locality:  Senegal.
Publish Year:  1766
IUCN Status:  


(Columbidae; Ϯ Blue-spotted Wood Dove T. afer) L. turtur, turturis  turtle dove; "160. Tourterelle du Senegal. BUFF. VI. p. 394.  BRISS. Ornith. I. p. 122. pl. X. f. 1.  Turtur afra, LINN. 104. 34." (Boddaert 1783); "Turtur Boddaert, Tabl Pl. enlum., 1783, p. 10. Type, by monotypy, Columba afra Linné." (Peters 1937, III, 112).
Synon. Calopelia, Chalcopelia, Chalcoptera.
● (syn. Streptopelia Ϯ "Turtle Dove S. risorius" (= domesticated Eurasian Collared Dove S. decaocto or African Collared Dove S. roseogrisea)) "Genus TURTUR.   THE birds belonging to this group are distinguished by their bill, which is slenderer in its proportions than that of the Pigeons.  ...  As an example of the genus, we present our readers with a figure of the well known  COLLARED TURTLE Turtur risorius  ...  Besides the wild turtle known to us as a regular summer visitant in the southern districts of England, the Columba maculicollis and the Columba aurita of Temminck, and several others belong to the group, of which the present species may be considered a type." (Selby 1835).    Var. Turtus.

L. turtur, turturis  turtle dove.
● "92. COLUMBA.  ...  Turtur.  20. C. rectricibus apice albis, dorso griseo, pectore incarnato, macula laterali colli.  Turtur. Will. orn. 134. t. 35. Raj. av. 61. Alb. av. 2. p. 43. t. 47.  Habitat in India." (Linnaeus 1758) (Streptopelia).

L. Afer, Afra  African  < Africa  Africa, originally the territory of Carthage.
● Cape of Good Hope; ex “Red-breasted Green Creeper” of Edwards 1764 (Cinnyris).
● Africa (= Senegal); ex “Black-bellied Grosbeak” of Brown 1776 and Latham 1783 (Euplectes).
● Madagascar; ex “Cuculus madagascariensis major” of Brisson 1760, “Grand coucou de Madagascar” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 587, “Vourou-driou” of de Buffon 1770-1786, and “African Cuckow” of Latham 1782 (syn. Leptosomus discolor).
● Cape of Good Hope; ex “Black-breasted Titmouse” of Latham 1783 (Melaniparus).
● Cape of Good Hope; ex “Variété du Coucou Edolio” of Levaillant 1806, pl. 209 (syn. Oxylophus levaillantii).
● Africa (= Benguella); ex “Perdrix d’Afrique” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 180, and “Perdrix rouge d’Afrique” of de Buffon 1770-1783 (Pternistis).
● Senegal; ex “Pie du Sénégal” of Brisson 1760 (Ptilostomus).
● Maoflang, Khasi Hills, Assam (syn. Pycnonotus cafer) (probably a wordplay on cafer).
● Cape of Good Hope; ex “African Warbler” and “Spotted Yellow Fly-catcher” of Latham 1783 (Sphenoeacus).
● Senegal; ex “Turtur Senegalensis” of Brisson 1760 (Turtur).
● "60. TROCHILUS.   ...   afer.  2. T. curvirostris, corpore viridi, alis cæruleis, rectricibus nigris: intermediis longissimis.  Habitat in Æthiopia.  J. Burmannus." (Linnaeus 1758) (unident.; nom. dub.).