I only copied the parts which deal with the doves & pigeons; I did not cite the entire Supplement. These supplements mention the 2037 species of birds around the world that have had changes made and can be found the American Ornithologist Union web site.


I received the following reply to an email I sent asking about the recent changes that were adopted within the doves & pigeons groups (J Pire).
"The change from Columba to Patagioenas affects all the New World species of pigeon in that group.  We only list the species
found in our check-list and geographic area. However, all the South American species should also change.
The change from Scardafella to Columbina was made long ago, before the 6th
edition of the Check-list in 1983.  It was based on work by R. F. Johnston,
1961, Auk 78:372-378."

Richard C. Banks, Chair, AOU Comm. on Classification and Nomenclature
(North American)


The Auk 119(3):897–906, 2002




(10) species limits and statements of distribution are changed for

(Zenaida asiatica) because of splits of extralimital populations


p. 223. On the basis of comparative genetic, morphological,

and vocal evidence (Johnson and Clayton 2000, Gibbs et al. 2001),

the meloda group of Zenaida asiatica is recognized as a species.

From the citation for Melopelia in the synonymy of the genus Zenaida,

remove the phrase ‘‘5Columba asiatica Linnaeus.’’ Remove information

about the meloda group, and the words ‘‘asiatica group,’’ from the

account of Zenaida asiatica. Change Notes to read: Formerly included

Zenaida meloda (Tschudi, 1843) [Pacific Dove] of the Pacific coast of

South America, now separated as a species on the basis of differences

in nuclear and mitochondrial DNA, vocalizations, and morphology

(Johnson and Clayton 2000, Tubaro andMahler 1998, Gibbs et al. 2001).

The two form a superspecies that is the sister group to the other species of Zenaida.


The Auk 120(3):923–931, 2003




(4) three new generic names are inserted in the list because of splitting of

genera previously included (Patagioenas)

Change the following scientific names, with no change in English names:

Columba cayennensis to Patagioenas cayennensis

Columba speciosa to Patagioenas speciosa

Columba squamosa to Patagioenas squamosa

Columba leucocephala to Patagioenas leucocephala

Columba fl avirostris to Patagioenas fl avirostris

Columba inornata to Patagioenas inornata

Columba fasciata to Patagioenas fasciata

Columba caribaea to Patagioenas caribaea

Columba subvinacea to Patagioenas subvinacea

Columba nigrirostris to Patagioenas nigrirostris


(6) English name is changed without change in scientific name (Rock Pigeon)

Change the following English names: Columba livia Rock Pigeon.


p. 218. Change the English name of Columba livia from Rock Dove to

Rock Pigeon, to conform to the recent name change by the British Ornithologists’

Union (1992), and modify the Notes accordingly.


On the basis of studies by Johnson and Clayton (2000) and Johnson et al. (2001)

of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA, and a review of morphological(Ridgway 1916),

serological (Cumley and Irwin 1944), and behavioral (Johnston 1962) characters,

we place New World pigeons formerly included in Columba in a separate genus,

Patagioenas Reichenbach, 1853.


Genus Patagioenas Reichenbach

Follow this heading with the citations for the generic names

Patagioenas, Chloroenas, Lepidoenas, and Oenoenas presently

listed as synonyms under Columba and remove these citations from

the synonymy of Columba.


Delete the Notes under the generic synonymy of Columba and insert

the following after the synonymy of Patagioenas:


Notes.—For the use of Oenoenas as a distinct genus,

see Johnston (1962); for a contrary opinion, see Corbin (1968).

Reichenbach (1853) simultaneously provided three new generic names

for American species of pigeon, as indicated above. The name Patagioenas was

used first and has priority if Chloroenas and Lepidoenas are considered synonyms

of it, as here and as implied by Johnson et al. (2001).


Change the headings for the remaining species now listed in Columba as follows,

and change generic names and abbreviations in Notes accordingly:

Patagioenas cayennensis (Bonnaterre). Pale-vented Pigeon.

Patagioenas speciosa (Gmelin). Scaled Pigeon.

Patagioenas squamosa (Bonnaterre). Scaly-naped Pigeon.

Patagioenas leucocephala (Linnaeus). Whitecrowned Pigeon.

Patagioenas fl avirostris (Wagler). Red-billed Pigeon.

Patagioenas inornata (Vigors). Plain Pigeon.

Patagioenas fasciata (Say). Band-tailed Pigeon.

Patagioenas caribaea (Jacquin). Ring-tailed Pigeon.

Patagioenas subvinacea (Lawrence). Ruddy Pigeon.

Patagioenas nigrirostris (Sclater). Short-billed Pigeon.


p. 699. The following species, discussed under Columba nigrirostris in the

7th edition, is added to Part 2 of the Appendix. Insert the following after the account

for Larus nelsoni:


Oenoenas chiriquensis Ridgway. Chiriqui Pigeon. Oenoenas chiriquensis Ridgway,

1915, Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 28:139. (Chiriquí, Panama; Volcán de Chiriquí suggested

by Deignan, Bull. U. S. Nat’l. Mus. 221, 1961.) This species was based on a unique type.

Conover (in Hellmayr and Conover 1942) suggested that the locality was in error and

that the bird was Columba purpureotincta of the Guianas. Johnston (1962) believed

it to be an aberrant individual of C. subvinacea, but Wetmore (1968) declared it to be

C. nigrirostris. A hybrid origin has not been ruled out. With the generic changes accepted

above, the name would be Patagioenas chiriquensis.


The Auk 121(3):985–995, 2004

© The American Ornithologists’ Union, 2004.

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(1) two species are added to the list because of splitting of species previously

on the list (Geotrygon leucometopia); (4) seven English names are changed

without change in the scientific name (Gray-fronted Quail-Dove)


Most changes of English names are for Old World species that are vagrant

or accidental in our area and for which the names we have been using differ from

English names generally used in regional works covering those species’ normal

ranges (e.g., Brazil 1991, Inskipp et al. 1996, King 1997, Kennedy et al. 2000)

One change (Gray-fronted Quail-Dove) is necessitated by the splitting of a species,

insert the following species in the proper position as indicated  by the text of this Supplement:

Geotrygon leucometopia White-fronted Quail-Dove.


Change the following English names:

Geotrygon caniceps Gray-fronted Quail-Dove.


p. 231. We follow Garrido et al. (2002) in separating Hispaniolan and Cuban populations currently

grouped as Geotrygon caniceps, on the basis of originally recognized morphological differences.

Change the English name for Geotrygon caniceps to Gray-fronted Quail-Dove. Substitute the

following account for that species:

Habitat.—Tropical Lowland Evergreen Forest.

Distribution.—Resident in the lowlands of Cuba, to middle elevations (see Garrido and Kirkconnell


Notes.—Formerly included G. leucometopia of Hispaniola, now separated on the basis of differences

in mensural characters, plumage, and habitat preference (Garrido et al. 2002). Formerly known as

Grayheaded Quail-Dove, a name now available for the two forms if recombined. The mention of Moustached

Quail-Dove (AOU 1998) as a name for this species is in error. Following the revised account for G. caniceps,

Insert the following new account:

Geotrygon leucometopia (Chapman). White-fronted Quail-Dove.


Oreopelia leucometopius [sic] Chapman, 1917, Bull.

Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 37: 327. (Loma Tina, Province of Azua, Dominican Republic.)

Habitat.—Montane Evergreen Forest with dense

undergrowth (745–1,685 m).

Distribution.—Resident on Hispaniola in the mountains of the Dominican Republic; not known

from Haiti (but see Keith et al. 2003).

Notes.—Formerly combined with G. caniceps, but separated on the basis of differences in mensural

characters, plumage, and habitat preference (Garrido et al. 2002) mentioned in the original description. No

reasons were given for treatment as conspecifi c with G. caniceps by Peters (1937). For the spelling of the

specific name, see David and Gosselin (2002b).


The Auk 122(3):1026–1031, 2005

© The American Ornithologists’ Union, 2005.





Changes in this Supplement fall into the following categories:

(1) two species replace others presently on the list because of splitting of extralimital forms

(Leptotila plumbeiceps replaces L. rufaxilla and Hylocharis humboldtii replaces H. grayi);


pp. xvii–liv. Insert the following names in the proper position as indicated by the text of this


Leptotila plumbeiceps Gray-headed Dove


Remove the following names:

Leptotila rufaxilla Gray-fronted Dove


p. 228. Genetic data (Johnson 2004) lead us to treat Leptotila plumbeiceps as a species distinct

from L. rufaxilla, a treatment that follows traditional classifications (e.g. Meyer de Schauensee

1970, Goodwin 1983, Sibley and Monroe 1990, Baptista et al. 1997, Gibbs et al. 2001). The AOU

(1983) considered plumbeiceps conspecific with L. rufaxilla, but did not provide or cite rationale.

Remove the account of L. rufaxilla and insert the following in its place:

Leptotila plumbeiceps Sclater and Salvin. Gray-headed Dove

Leptotila plumbeiceps Sclater and Salvin, 1868,

Proc. Zool. Soc. London, p. 59 (Prov. Verae Pacis in rep. Guatemalensi, et Mexico = Choctum,

Vera Paz, Guatemala.)

Habitat.—Tropical Lowland Evergreen Forest Edge, Secondary Forest (0–1,000 m;

Tropical and lower Subtropical zones).

Distribution.—As for the plumbeiceps and battyi groups in the account for L. rufaxilla.

Notes.—Groups: L. plumbeiceps [Grayheaded Dove]; L. battyi Rothschild, 1901

[Brown-backed Dove]. Formerly (AOU 1983, 1998) included in L. rufaxilla (Richard and

Bernard, 1792) [Gray-fronted Dove] of South America but now treated as a separate species

on the basis of genetic data (Johnson 2004) that supports the traditional classification (e.g. Goodwin 1983,

Gibbs et al. 2001). The battyi group, which Wetmore (1968) recognized as a distinct species, has generally

been included with plumbeiceps (e.g. Goodwin 1983, Ridgely and Gwynne 1989, Gibbs et al. 2001), which we

continue to do here in the absence of published analyses. Reported vocal differences between

L. plumbeiceps and L. battyi suggest that, with further study, they may merit status as separate species.


Exotic Species Table