First report of leucism in the dove Streptopelia decaocto (Columbiformes), an introduced species in Mexico

First report of leucism in the dove Streptopelia decaocto (Columbiformes), an introduced species in Mexico


  • Armando J. Contreras Balderas
  • Gorgonio Ruiz Campos



Streptopelia decaocto, pigmentation, leucism, México.


The dove Streptopelia decaocto is a Palearctic species that has become established in Mexico. Leucism is a partial loss of pigmentation. Here, we report the first leucistic individual of this dove, from El Rosario de Abajo, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, November 29th, 2009 (30°02’24” N y 115°44’24” W).


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How to Cite

Contreras Balderas, A. J., & Ruiz Campos, G. (2011). First report of leucism in the dove Streptopelia decaocto (Columbiformes), an introduced species in Mexico. UNED Research Journal, 3(1), 85–87.