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Scaled Dove - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Xyko Paludo
Sacramento, MG, Brazil, July 2018
Columbina squammata


Photo © by Luiz
Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, 7 November 2020

18–22 cm (7-8¾ in)

  • Blackish feather edges
  • Long pointed tail
  • Rufous patches on the wings
  • White outer webs of distal wing-coverts

Similar Species

Less pink than Inca Dove.


Photo © by Luiz
Resende, Brazil, 25 December 2020

Caribbean and South America
Caribbean: found only in Trinidad
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • C. s. ridgwayi:
  • C. s. squammata:


Open areas, forest borders, cerrado, caatinga and orchards.



There is little information available. They are known to eat seeds and snails. They usually forage singly or in pairs, and sometimes join small flocks.


They generally nest in small trees.


The noise made by their wings in flight sounds like a rattlesnake.
Call: often described as sounding like "Fire extinguished".
Song: a loud and repetitive pow-co-pow.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)
  4. BF Member observations

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