As of the day of this post there are 40 “confirmed” African Collared-Dove (Strepopelia roseogrisea) sightings in North America. Looking at the photos briefly, it seems most of these sightings are either…
- Depigmented or albino Eurasian Collared-Doves (Strepopelia decaocto)
- Juvenile Eurasian Collared-Doves
- Escapee Barbary Doves (Strepopelia risoria or Strepopelia roseogrisea var. domesticus)
In a nutshell, Strepopelia taxonomy is a spaghetti pile and Clements likely doesn’t represent the likely outcome when scientists untie the knot. As of now, iNaturalist doesn’t have any representation of the Barbary Dove but Clements calls it a subspecies/domestic type of the African Collared-Dove. Breeders boldly believe there’s Eurasian Collared lineage in their doves and Cornell calls it an African Collared but describe a Barbary Dove when comparing with Eurasian Collared-Dove.
What efforts can curators make to ensure all the dove sightings in North America are correct or most accurate?