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Columbina buckleyi

Ecuadorian Ground-Dove

  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae

Authors: Johnson, Andy

Columbina buckleyi

Golondrinas, Esmeraldas, Ecuador; 21 August 2008 © Roger Ahlman

 The Ecuadorian Ground-dove is widespread and fairly common throughout varied woodland habitats on the east slope (200-1000m), ranging from SW Colombia into NW Peru. It is found primarily in areas with patchy thickets and an open understory near forest edges. Likened to a paler Ruddy Ground-dove, it is a smooth grayish brown upperparts with sparse black streaking on the folded wing, and a dull grayish-pink below. Males showing a faint, pearly blue wash on the head and upper mantle, surrounding a tan face with dark brown eyes and a uniform, dark bill in both sexes. Remiges and underwing coverts are black (as opposed to rufous in similar species), and the nominate buckleyi race is grayer, while the dortsi race (found in the southern extent of its range) is rosier.

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Recommended Citation

Johnson, Andy. 2010. Ecuadorian Ground-Dove (Columbina buckleyi), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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