Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

White-naped Pigeon (Columba albinucha)


French: Pigeon à nuque blanche German: Weißgenicktaube Spanish: Paloma nuquialba

Columba arquatrix albinucha


, 1911,

Moera, near Fort Beni, north-east DRCongo


Somewhat distantly related to the C. arquatrix species-group. Monotypic.


W Cameroon (Rumpi Hills, Bakossi Mts, Santchou, Mt Manenguba); E DRCongo and W Uganda, around Rwenzori Mts. Also recorded in Bangangai Game Reserve, South Sudan (on border with DRCongo)#R.

Descriptive notes

34 cm; 280–290 g. Reminiscent of partially sympatric C. arquatrix, but smaller and distinguished by large white nuchal patch; crown and lores purplish maroon;... read more


Poorly documented. Advertising call and call in flight both reported to be very similar to those of... read more


A bird of dense lowland forest and forested slopes; in E Zaire occurs up to 1500 m, in Uganda in... read more

Food and feeding

Takes fruit and berries which it plucks from trees in the canopy or at mid-level; rarely descends to the ground. No precise details on food.


Breeding condition bird collected in Feb, Cameroon. A nest containing 1 white egg was found in secondary growth in a forest clearing. No... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Generally judged to be rather scarce throughout range; very restricted distribution leaves species highly... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). White-naped Pigeon (Columba albinucha). 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 25 February 2020).