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Leptotila pallida

Pallid Dove

  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae


Leptotila pallida

Mirador Río Blanco, Pichincha, Ecuador; 29 July 2011 © Roger Ahlman

The Pallid Dove is more or less confined to the Chocó bioregion of endemism, it being along the Pacific coast of western Colombia to western Ecuador, although in the latter country it extends well south of the boundaries of that region, as far as Loja province. It is a typical member of the genus Leptotila, being gray above with a chestnut-brown back and wings, largely pale underparts, and a white tip to the tail. It is found in variety of forested habitats, principally below 800 m elevation, and is usually seen alone or in pairs. Its biology and behavior are rather poorly known, but these are unlikely to differ much from those of the better-known members of the genus.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Pallid Dove (Leptotila pallida), 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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