Sometimes separated in monospecific genus Nesopelia, and has very different calls and displays from all other Zenaida; has proportionally shorter tail, larger legs and feet, and longer bill than Z. auriculata and Z. macroura, but Z. aurita appears to be intermediate between present species and other members of genus in the above characters and in colour patterns; genetic evidence confirms present species is comfortably nested within Zenaida#R. Two subspecies recognized.
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