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Geotrygon versicolor

Crested Quail-Dove

  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae


Geotrygon versicolor

Blue Mountains, Jamaica; 5 April 2015 © Sam Woods

The Crested Quail-dove is a distinctive and striking terrestrial dove of densely-vegetated forest on the island of Jamaica. While the two-part song is heard more often than the bird is seen, the Crested Quail-dove can regularly be seen along the sides of gulleys  in intact montane forest. When seen, this species will generally run or fly, but will sometimes freeze on the ground or on a low perch, allowing for extremely close and extended views.  This species is very distinctive when seen well: it is large for a Geotrygon, and has a large, plush gray crest on a gray head. It has purple-rufous upperparts and reddish primaries and secondaries, with greenish tertials and rectrices. The Crested Quail-dove is threatened by habitat loss, as it inhabits intact forest in an area popular for coffee plantations, which it will generally eschew.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Crested Quail-Dove (Geotrygon versicolor), 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:Montane evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened