Formerly placed in monotypic genus Tympanistria, as it differs notably from all other Turtur species in coloration, and in having a sharply attenuated first primary; vocalizations, displays and most plumage patterns, however, consistent with placement in genus Turtur. All populations N of R Cunene (S Angola) and R Zambezi formerly separated in race fraseri. Monotypic.
Sierra Leone and Guinea E through coastal W Africa to DRCongo, S Ethiopia and S Somalia, and S to N Angola, N & E Zambia, E Zimbabwe and E & S South Africa; also Bioko (off W Cameroon) and Comoro Is. Recorded N to S Senegal.
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