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Geotrygon saphirina

Sapphire Quail-Dove

  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae


Geotrygon saphirina

Yasuní National Park, Orellana, Ecuador; 29 June 2007 © Scott Olmstead

The Sapphire Quail-Dove ranges, very locally over both main slopes of the Andes from northwest Colombia south to northwest Ecuador, and from southeastern Colombia south, even more discontinuously, to southeast Peru; it occurs in lowland and submontane forests, as well as in older second growth. Some authorities have suggested that separate species are involved, west and east of the Andes, but this proposal has yet to acquire much support. This quail-dove is a particularly attractive member of the genus Geotrygon, being pale gray below, with a mix of green, gold, and purplish iridescences over the head and upperparts, with a white forehead and broad cheek-stripe, outlined below in black. Most aspects of its ecology and behavior are still poorly known, although the species’ nest was described recently.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Sapphire Quail-Dove (Geotrygon saphirina), 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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