Status: Rare casual spring and fall visitor.
Documentation: Photograph: 15 May 2000 Gering, Scotts Bluff Co (Jorgensen 2002).
Taxonomy: New world pigeons previously included in Columba have been allocated to the genus Patagioenas (Banks et al 2003).
There are six subspecies recognized (Clements et al 2016), four from Mexico to Argentina, and two north of Mexico: fasciata, breeding near the Pacific Coast from British Columbia south to southern California, wintering within the breeding range from Washington south, and monilis, breeding in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico, wintering in Mexico.
Although monilis might be expected to occur in Nebraska, birds from the Pacific Northwest might also occur, based on the migration patterns of other species that breed there and migrate through Nebraska (Cassin’s Vireo, Townsend’s Warbler) (see Comments).
Spring: There are two records.
15-17 May 2000, one at a Gering, Scotts Bluff Co feeder (cited above)
18-23 May 2018, Doniphan, Hall Co (Diane Wiese photograph).
Fall: There are two records.
15 Oct 1996, one seen at Morrill, Scotts Bluff Co (Brogie 1997)
15 Nov 2007-22 Mar 2008, one photographed at a Ceresco, Saunders Co feeder (Brogie 2009).
Comments: This species breeds north and east in the central Rocky Mountains to Colorado. It may occur on the Great Plains at any time of year; there are about 15 records May-Aug in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and South Dakota (CBRC, Faulkner 2010, Thompson et al 2011, Tallman et al 2002). There are four fall records on the Great Plains, two from Kansas in Oct and Dec (Thompson et al 2011) and two from Nebraska in Oct and Nov, the latter bird overwintering until Mar (cited above). There is also a winter record from Missouri (Robbins and Easterla 1992). There are scattered records east of the Mississippi River, most in winter (ebird.org, accessed November 2017).
CBRC: Colorado Bird Records Committee
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Colorado Bird Records Committee [CBRC]. 2018. Band-tailed Pigeon records. Colorado Birds Records Committee database, accessed 9 February 2018.
Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, accessed 30 January 2018.
Faulkner, D.W. 2010. Birds of Wyoming. Roberts and Company, Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA.
Jorgensen, J.G. 2002. 2002 (sic; =2000). (12th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 70: 84-90.
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Thompson, M.C., C.A. Ely, B. Gress, C. Otte, S.T. Patti, D. Seibel, and E.A. Young. 2011. Birds of Kansas. University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
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