- Columbina squammata
18–22 cm (7-8¾ in)
- Blackish feather edges
- Long pointed tail
- Rufous patches on the wings
- White outer webs of distal wing-coverts
Less pink than Inca Dove.
There are 2 subspecies:
- 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.
- 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/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Scaled Dove. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 16 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Scaled_Dove