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Columbina squammata

Scaled Dove

  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies


Columbina squammata

Distrito Federal, Brazil; 23 January 2009 © Bertrando Campos

The Scaled Dove is a resident of arid savanna and scrub. It occurs in two disjunct populations, oen in northern South America in Venezuela and Colombia, and another that extends from northeastern Argentina north through central and eastern Brazil.  The Scaled Dove has greyish-brown upperparts, pinkish-grey face and breast, white throat, and white distal wing coverts that form a conspicuous white patch on the bird's closed wings. The dove is gets its "scaled" appearance from the dark edges of the birds feathers. The Scaled Dove is typically found alone or in pairs foraging on the ground for seeds and invertebrates. 

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Scaled Dove (Columbina squammata), 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.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Second growth scrub
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern