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Photo by Juan J. Culasso
Itatiaia National Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2007
Patagioenas plumbea


A large (31cm.) pigeon with uniform grayish-purple plumage, slightly darker back than underparts. Iris whitish in adults of most subspecies, but dark maroon in the nominate group. Pink legs.


Central and South America:
'Central America: found only in Panama
South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil


Plumbeous Pigeon has previously been placed in genus Columba.


Six subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • P. p. chapmani:
  • P. p. bogotensis:
  • P. p. pallescens:
  • P. p. wallacei:
  • Guianas (and maybe easternmost Venezuela) and central Amazonian Brazil, north of the Amazon west to the Rio Negro
  • P. p. baeri:
  • Central Brazil (Goiás and north-western Minas Gerais)
  • P. p. plumbea:

bogotensis was formerly included in Ruddy Pigeon.


Moist lowland and montane forests.


Usually is found in the canopy.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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