The Canary Islands endemic Bolle's Laurel Pigeon Columba bollii was described as a species in 1872 by Godman. A specimen of the same species collected more than 75 years earlier, during the 1796–98 expedition commanded by Baudin, was instead believed to be an example of the Jamaican endemic, Ring-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas caribaea (Jacquin, 1784). However, in 1827 its identity had been questioned by Wagler, who believed the specimen represented a separate Caribbean species that he named Columba Lamprauchen. Although Wagler's name is senior to Godman's, we demonstrate that, following the International code of zoological nomenclature, Columba bollii should be used as the correct name for this Canarian species.

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van Grouw, Hein, Dekkers, Wim, & Jansen, J. (2024). Why Bolle's Laurel Pigeon Columba bollii is not named Wagler's Laurel Pigeon Columba lamprauchen. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club, 144(2). doi:10.25226/bboc.v144i2.2024.a3