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The laughing dove (Spilopelia senegalensis) belongs to the family Columbidae under the order Columbiformes.

Laughing dove taxonomy

The family Columbidae includes about 42 genera and 310 species. The genus Spilopelia is a small genus with two species and is closely related to genus Streptopelia having fifteen species.

The two species under genus Spilopelia are, Spilopelia senegalensis and Spilopelia chinensis. The species Spilopelia senegalensis was described by Linnaeus in 1766 and placed under genus Columba along with other pigeons.

Later the species senegalensis was placed under genus Stigmatopelia. Then the species Spilopelia senegalensis was later placed in the genus Streptopelia considering certain characteristics.

The study of molecular phylogeny of Streptopelia species indicated that senegalensis and chinensis stood out from the remainder of the Streptopelia spp. and hence both brought under genus Spilopelia.

Considering minute plumage and size differences the species is divided into six subspecies.
Taxonomic classification
Binomial name:Spilopelia senegalensis
Species:S. senegalensis

Spilopelia senegalensis
1.Laughing dove - Spilopelia senegalensis
Image by Zeynel Cebeci

Spilopelia senegalensis
2.Laughing dove - Spilopelia senegalensis
Image by Koshy Koshy

Spilopelia senegalensis
3.Laughing dove - Spilopelia senegalensis
Image by Antony Grossy

Spilopelia senegalensis
4.Laughing dove - Spilopelia senegalensis
Image by Revital Salomon

Spilopelia senegalensis
5.Laughing dove - Spilopelia senegalensis
Image by Davidvraju

Spilopelia senegalensis
6.Laughing dove - Spilopelia senegalensis
Image by Zeynel Cebeci

Spilopelia senegalensis
7.Laughing dove - Spilopelia senegalensis
by Juan Emilio

Spilopelia senegalensis
8.Laughing dove - Spilopelia senegalensis
by El Golli Mohamed

Spilopelia senegalensis
9.Spilopelia senegalensis
Image by J.M.Garg


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1.Image source: (cropped)
Author: Zeynel Cebeci | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
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Author: Koshy Koshy | License: CC BY 2.0 as on 7/4/17
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Author: Antony Grossy | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
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Author: Revital Salomon | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
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Author: J.M.Garg | License: CC BY 3.0
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