Ruddy Quail-Dove

Geotrygon montana

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

RUQD

Code 6

GEOMON

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Ruddy Quail-Dove is a member of the same family of birds which includes all doves and pigeons. Preferred breeding grounds are found in the West Indies, Central America and southern South America. This species has occasionally been spotted in Florida and southern Texas. Nests are built in low shrubs or on the ground. The Ruddy Quail-Dove prefers habitats which include forests and scrublands. Coffee plantations also serve as home to the species. These birds forage on the ground for food, and their diets consist mainly of seeds and invertebrates. The conservation rating for the Ruddy Quail-Dove is currently Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Ruddy Quail-Dove: Medium-sized dove, rufous overall with pale buff throat, streak under eye, and belly. Red-brown underwings shown in flight. Black tipped red bill, red legs and feet. Forages on the ground for seeds, fruit and small snails. Swift direct flight on rapidly beating wings.


Range and Habitat

Ruddy Quail-Dove: This species is a native of Mexico, Central America, and tropical South America, but it occurs as a rare vagrant in extreme southern Texas and southern Florida. They are also found throughout the West Indies. Preferred habitats include semi-arid and humid woodlands, scrub, and forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"whooooooo", "oooooooooh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Ruddy Quail-Dove is somewhat sensitive to forest fragmentation.
  • It dwells on the forest floor, where it is more often heard than seen.
  • 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 Quail-Dove

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
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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