Ruddy Quail-Dove

Geotrygon montana

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

RUQD

Code 6

GEOMON

ITIS

Egg Color:

Buff



Number of Eggs:

2



Incubation Days:

13



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

On ground., In low tree, up to 8 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Leaves, tree stump, sticks.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Ruddy Quail-Dove: Medium-sized dove, rufous overall with pale buff throat, streak under eye, and belly. Female has dark olive-brown upperparts, cinnamon-brown breast, pale buff underparts, and lacks streak under eye.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Ruddy Quail-Dove: Two buff eggs are laid in a nest made of leaves and sticks, and built on the ground or low in a tree, up to 8 feet above the ground. Incubation ranges from 10 to 11 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Ruddy Quail-Dove: Eats fallen fruits, seeds, and small snails; forages on the ground.

Vocalization

Ruddy Quail-Dove: Call is a low, melancholy, booming coo "whooooooo" or "oooooooooh."

Similar Species

Ruddy Quail-Dove: Key West Quail-Dove is larger, has proportionally longer tail, white chin, throat, and underparts, and chestnut-brown upperparts glossed with green and purple.

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
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.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X