Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)


Rodrigues Turtle-dove (Nesoenas rodericanus)


French: German: Spanish:

Columba rodericana

A. Milne-Edwards

, 1874,

Rodrigues Island


Formerly placed variously in Columba, Streptopelia, Alectroenas or Ptilinopus. Has been considered a race of N. picturatus. Monotypic.


Rodrigues (Mascarene Is). Known from a subfossil sternum and some other bones, and the descriptions by Leguat and Tafforet in early 18th century.

Thought to have become extinct soon after its last record, by Tafforet in 1726#R, having presumably succumbed to hunting, forest clearance, and predation by introduced predators.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

(2019). Rodrigues Turtle-dove (Nesoenas rodericanus). 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 24 May 2019).