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Bare-faced Ground Dove

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Photo © by Robert_Scanlon Lomas de Lachay, Peru, January 2005
Photo © by Robert_Scanlon
Lomas de Lachay, Peru, January 2005
Metriopelia ceciliae


[edit] Identification

16–17 cm

  • Brownish upperparts with whitish tips to feathers
  • Light tips to feathers on wing coverts and secondaries

[edit] Distribution

Subspecies zimmeriPhoto © by Rodrigo ReyesNn Chile, September 2009
Subspecies zimmeri
Photo © by Rodrigo Reyes
Nn Chile, September 2009

South America: found in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • M. c. ceciliae:
  • Andes of western Peru
  • M. c. obsoleta:
  • Northern Peru (upper Marañón Valley)
  • M. c. zimmeri:

A fourth subspecies, gymnops is not recognised by all authorities and is generally considered invalid.

[edit] Habitat

Puna; high-altitude shrubland, generally seen between 2000–4500 m.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Ground feeders, generally in small groups. Little information is available, but presumably their diet includes seeds.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2015)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. BF Member observations

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