Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Afep Pigeon (Columba unicincta)


Taxonomy

French: Pigeon gris German: Kongotaube Spanish: Paloma del Congo
Other common names: Grey Woodpigeon
Taxonomy:

Columba unicincta

Cassin

, 1859,

Ogooué River, Gabon

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Part of the C. palumbus species-group also including C. trocaz and C. bollii, and probably C. junoniae. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Sierra Leone to Ghana, and SE Nigeria to Gabon, Congo and N Angola, whence E through DRCongo to Uganda.

Descriptive notes

35–36 cm; 356–490 g. Crown and hindneck silvery grey; upperparts and wings slate grey; feathers of mantle, back and rump have silver grey edges, narrower on outer... read more

Voice

Advertising call a series of some 7–14 low-pitched, drawn-out, cooing notes at flat pitch... read more

Habitat

Inhabits forest, typically in canopy, but sometimes forages along the forest edge; occupies montane... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits, berries and seeds, including those of Solanum torvum, Musanga, Coelocaryon, Eisterya, various... read more

Breeding

Limited data available suggest breeding in the dry season Jan–Sept. Nest of sticks is placed high in a tree. Single white egg. No... read more

Movements

Generally resident. In Zambia, may be partially migratory.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Details on population lacking for most of range, and biology remains very poorly known. In W African portion of range, populations appear to be... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Afep Pigeon (Columba unicincta). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54108 on 16 January 2018).