Black-winged Ground Dove (Metriopelia melanoptera)

Order: Columbiformes | Family: Columbidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Santa Eulalia

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. No Data


Identification & Behavior: ~22 cm (9 in). The Black-winged Ground-Dove is grayish-brown with unmarked upperparts, and a white band on the wing readily seen in flight. The iris is blue. The orbital skin is an orange broad crescent restricted to the front of the eye. The bill is black. The tail and wings are black. The color structure may resemble that of a Spot-winged Pigeon, but it is much smaller, has orange orbital skin, and lacks white spots. It does not overlap with the range of the similar West Peruvian Dove.

Status: The Black-winged Ground-Dove is common largely in Andean scrub at elevation ranging between 2600 – 4500 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, Bo, Ch.

Name in Spanish: Tortolita de ala Negra.

Sub-species: Black-winged Ground-Dove (Metriopelia melanoptera melanoptera), Molina 1782.

Meaning of Name: Metriopelia: Gr. Metrios= temperature, moderate and Peleia= a dove. melanoptera : L. malano= black, dark and ptera= wing. .

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Distribution Map
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References:

    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.