Gray-fronted Dove (Leptotila rufaxilla)

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

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

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~26.7 cm (10.5 in). The Gray-fronted Dove has a gray-brownish back. The forehead is whitish gray. The sides of the head and sides of the neck are ochraceous grading to brownish towards the underparts.  The iris is brown. The orbital skin is red. The bill is black. The tail is gray with white tail tips that look like a narrow terminal band. It is similar to the White-tipped Dove but is distinguished by having a whitish gray forehead that contrasts with a brown crown and ochraceous sides of the head and red orbital skin.  

Status: The Gray-fronted Dove is common and widespread in Amazoniawhere it forages mostly the ground. It is known to range at elevations of up to 1200 m along the eastern Andean foothills. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Paloma de Frente Gris.

Sub-species: Gray-fronted Dove (Leptotila rufaxilla dubusi), Bonaparte 1855.

Meaning of Name: Leptotila: Gr. Lepto= mites slim, slender, thin, skinny and ptilon = plumage. rufaxilla: L. with brown armpit.

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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.