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Leptotila megalura

Large-tailed Dove

  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae


Leptotila megalura

Coroico, La Paz, Bolivia, 22 February 2005 © Joe Tobias

Also known as the White-faced or Long-tailed Dove, this typical member of the genus Leptotila is endemic to subtropical and tropical areas of the Andes in Bolivia and northwest Argentina. The Large-tailed Dove principally inhabits alder woodland and second-growth areas, but also is found in more arid regions and in cultivation. It is usually seen alone or in small, loose groups. This species’ plumage is generally very similar to that of the far more widespread and familiar White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi), and these two occur together in parts of northwest Argentina. Compared to the latter species, the Large-tailed Dove is darker brown above with a purple gloss to the hindneck, white feathers around the eye, and has a different tail pattern (less graduated and with a narrower white tip).

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Large-tailed Dove (Leptotila megalura), 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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