Ruddy Ground-Dove

Columbina talpacoti

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

RUGD

Code 6

COLTAL

ITIS

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Ruddy Ground-Dove is a small, tropical-area dove found breeding in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, northern Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago. Some of these birds may also be found in the southwestern United States, including southern Texas and southernmost California. Northern populations migrate southward in winter months to warmer climates. This species prefers habitats which include open country, scrublands, and cultivated farmlands. Nests are cups built in trees. These birds feed mainly on seeds, but may also eat worms or small insects on occasion. The conservation rating for the Ruddy Ground-Dove is currently Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Ruddy Ground-Dove: Small dove with rufous upperparts, pale pink-gray underparts, and pale gray head. Wings are rufous with black spots and bill is gray with a dark tip. Legs and feet are pink-gray. Forages on ground for seeds and berries. Fast low direct flight with rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Ruddy Ground-Dove: Found in Mexico, especially coastal regions, Central America, and most of South America to northern Chile and Argentina. Casual to California and the southwest, particularly during the winter months. Preferred habitats include woodlands, gardens, cultivated fields, marshlands, and forest edges.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"per-woop, per-woop", "wooh" "woop"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Ruddy Ground-Dove appears to have extended its range in northwestern Mexico, as arid scrub is cleared to make way for agriculture.
  • Males frequently threaten each other, and brief fights may ensue.
  • This species can be quite approachable.
  • A group of doves has many collective nouns, including a "bevy", "cote", "dole", "dule", and "flight" of doves.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Ruddy Ground-Dove

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CereX
Also called the operculum, it is a smooth and featherless patch of skin located where the beak attaches to the forehead.
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The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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