Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Grey-breasted Brown-dove (Phapitreron maculipectus)


French: Phapitréron à poitrine grise German: Westvisayataube Spanish: Vinago pardo pechigrís

Phabotreron maculipectus

Bourns and Worcester

, 1894,

interior of Negros, Philippine Islands


Usually considered conspecific with P. amethystinus, but, following a recent review#R and further assessment, it is here treated as a distinct species on account of its pale grey vs greyish-tinged purplish-brown underparts (malar area spreading to breast including breast sides and belly) (3); more whitish vs pale rufous chin and undertail-coverts (1); breast marked with darkish grey bars (1); and on average larger size, most notably in tail length (effect size 2.3) (2). Monotypic.

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Negros and Panay (EC Philippines).

Descriptive notes

26–27 cm. Long considered a very distinct race within the P. amethystinus species complex, and now treated as a separate species (see Taxonomy comments), being... read more


No information available.


Apparently as P. amethystinus. Inhabits forest interior in foothills and mountains,... read more

Food and feeding

No specific information available, but presumably very similar to P. amethystinus.


No specific information available.


Resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Declining on account of ongoing deforestation and habitat degradation on both Negros and Panay. Generally rare... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Grey-breasted Brown-dove (Phapitreron maculipectus). 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 on 13 December 2019).