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Ruddy Ground Dove

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Columbina talpacoti
Photo by Robert_Scanlon Panama, January 2004
Photo by Robert_Scanlon
Panama, January 2004


[edit] Identification

Adult male

  • Pale grey head and neck
  • Rufous upperparts
  • Black spots on wing coverts
  • Underparts are paler brown
  • Tail is edged black
  • Underwings are cinnamon and black

Female Greyish-brown (as opposed to the rufous colouring of the male); there is also less contrast between head and body.

[edit] Distribution

Southern Mexico to Mar del Plata, Argentina, as well in some Caribbean Islands, including Trinidad and Tobago.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Four subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. t. eluta:
  • Coastal western Mexico (northern Sinaloa to Chiapas)
  • C. t. rufipennis:
  • C. t. caucae:
  • Western Colombia (Cauca Valley)
  • C. t. talpacoti:

[edit] Habitat

Scrub and open country, including cultivation.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

A cup-shaped nest is built in a tree. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs, which are incubated for 12-13 days. The chicks fledge after 12-14 days.

There may be two further broods.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Wikipedia

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