Forms a species-group with P. subvinacea, P. nigrirostris and P. goodsoni; all four small species have very similar songs distinct from other Patagioenas; sometimes placed in a subgenus Oenoenas. Some taxonomic confusion with P. subvinacea; race bogotensis was previously listed for that species, with populations currently placed therein instead ascribed to race delicata; validity and ranges of several subspecies unclear#R; dubious proposed race locutrix (Bahia) included within plumbea. Vocal differences noted among several populations and races, and more than one species may be involved#R#R. Six subspecies currently recognized.
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Status and conservation
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