Blue Ground Dove (Claravis pretiosa)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Southwest Ecuador

Age: Adult |Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonian, Brazil

Age: Adult |Sex: Female | Loc. Amazonian, Brazil

Age: Adult |Sex: Male | Loc. Amazonian, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~21 cm (8.2 in). The male Blue Ground-Dove is bluish-gray above and powdery bluish below. The wings are marked with black spots. The bill is gray. The tail is black except for the central pair of feathers. The flight feathers are black. The female is brown with brown spots on the wings. It favors semi-open habitats and forest edges. It is similar to the Marron-chested Ground-Dove, which is very rare and ranges at higher elevation in the Andes.

Status: The Blue Ground-Dove is uncommon in semi-open areas and forest edges in Amazonia. It ranges up to 1300 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in the semi-deciduous forest and scrub habitats in extreme northwest Peru. The Blue Ground-Dove also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tortolita Azul.

Sub-species: Blue Ground-Dove (Claravis pretiosa), Ferrari-Pérez 1886.

Meaning of Name: Claravis: L. clarus, clarens= clear, distinct. pretiosa: L. pretiosa, pretium= precious, valueble.

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Distribution Map
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    • 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. on 08/01/2015.