The Bare-eyed Pigeon is confined to the Caribbean coast of Colombia and Venezuela, where it is generally found in arid lowland areas, as well as on several offshore islands, including the southern Netherlands Antilles. Small flocks are known to commute between at least some islands and the mainland of South America. The species is also found locally in mangroves and cultivated regions. This pigeon’s most striking plumage features are the scaled neck patch, broad white wing flash (obvious both at rest and in flight) and the startlingly colored bare orbital skin, which is reddish brown and blue. Breeding appears to be triggered by rainfall. The Bare-eyed Pigeon was heavily hunted, at least in the past, and it is generally a rather shy bird, but its populations appear to be relatively secure.