Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Loreto, Peru

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Loreto, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~23 cm (9 in). The male Ruddy Quail-Dove is rufous-brown above and rufous below. The throat and front part of the neck are pale.  It has a distinctive pale streak from the base of the bill to the cheeks.  The orbital skin is red. The bill is red. The female is a dull version of the male. It forages mostly on the ground. It may resemble a Sapphire Quail-Dove, but is distinguished by being mostly rufous-brown and facial patterns. Also see White-throated Quail-Dove, which ranges at higher elevations.

Status: The Ruddy Quail-Dove is generally uncommon in the forest floor of the interior forest. It is known to range up to 1700 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Paloma-Perdiz Rojiza.

Sub-species: Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana montana), Linnaeus 1758.

Meaning of Name: Geotrygon: Gr. Geo= ground; (referring to the habit of this bird to walk) and Treron= pigeon. montana: L. montanus, montis= mountain, montane mountain.

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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.