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Long-tailed Ground Dove

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Photo by Joseph Morlan Pantanal - Pousada Pouso Alegre, Mato Grosso, Brazil, 13 August 2015.
Photo by Joseph Morlan
Pantanal - Pousada Pouso Alegre, Mato Grosso, Brazil, 13 August 2015.

Alternative name: Mauve-spotted Ground Dove

Uropelia campestris


[edit] Identification

Length: 15·7–17·7 cm.

  • Forehead and forecrown bluish grey
  • Upperparts brown, pinkish on hindneck
  • two small iridescent purple-black bands bordered with white on the wings.
  • Long tail with white tips
  • Bright yellow eye-ring, legs and feet

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in west-central Brazil (Mato Grosso) and adjacent Bolivia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1]. Some authors recognize the poorly differentiated race U. c. figginsi

[edit] Habitat

Open country and light woodland normally near some water.

[edit] Behaviour

In dry season, usually found in pairs or groups of 3–5 birds, feeding on roads or fields.

[edit] Diet

A wide variety of seeds from the ground.

[edit] Breeding

Unknown. Copulation observed mid-June in Southern Pantanal (Brazil).

[edit] Vocalisations

A series of rather high-pitched, disyllabic wha-ooop...wha-ooop...wha-ooop... notes

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Long-tailed Ground-dove (Uropelia campestris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 30 November 2018).

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