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(Redirected from Columba fasciata)
Adult, nominate subspecies
Photo © by Joseph V. Higbee
Pierce County, Washington, USA, 11 May 2005
Patagioenas fasciata


Subspecies albilinea
Photo © by NJ Larsen
Cuchilla de San Lorenzo, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, 22 August 2023

34 to 36 cm (13.0-15.8 in)

  • Grey overall
  • Darker above
  • Faintly pink head and underparts
  • White belly
  • Yellow bill and feet
  • Green iridescence on the back of the neck
  • Thin white collar on the nape

Juveniles lack the white nape cresent and have a scaly appearance, due to white feather edges on the upperparts.


Photo © by ducbucln
Kelseyville, California, USA, 10 May 2015

North America: Breeds along the pacific coast north to southern British Columbia, also southern Utah, western Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and most of Mexico.
Central America: Reaches down to western or maybe even central Panama.
South America: Colombia and Venezuela to north-western Brazil, eastern Bolivia and northern Argentina.



Clements recognizes seven subspecies[1].

  • P. f. fasciata:
  • P. f. letonai:
  • P. f. parva:
  • P. f. vioscae:
  • P. f. crissalis:
  • P. f. roraimae:
  • P. f. albilinea:

An 8th subspecies, P. f. monilis[2], is not recognised by all authorities


Oak, pine-oak, and coniferous forests.



One or two eggs are laid in a twiggy platform nest.


The diet includes seeds, notably acorns.


Song is a slow series of deep, hooting, each rising slightly in pitch and recalling Long-eared Owl.


Pacific Northwest populations mostly migratory, wintering in California and Baja California. Some populations in the southwest move south to Mexico and Guatemala. Probably largely a diurnal migrant; large numbers occasionally observed on passage. Occasional vagrant to the East Coast.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Wikipedia contributors. (2020, April 11). Band-tailed pigeon. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10:10, May 7, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Band-tailed_pigeon&oldid=950305878
  4. Keppie, D. M. and C. E. Braun (2020). Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole and F. B. Gill, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.batpig1.01

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