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Tuxtla Quail-Dove Zentrygon carrikeri


The Tuxtla Quail-Dove is a small, blueish-purple dove endemic to the Tuxtla region of the Veracruz state in Mexico. The Tuxtla Quail-Dove can be found in small numbers in lowland and montane tropical and subtropical, moist, broadleaf forests. It was found to be fairly common in surveys from 1951 through 1962 and is now considered fairly common to common in suitable habitat. However, there has been a rapid loss of such habitat, indicating that the population has probably declined significantly. A recent survey stated that only 8.7% of the Tuxtla Quail-Dove's original habitat was still intact and extensive deforestation continues to be this species’ main threat. Due to these factors, the Tuxtla Quail-Dove is listed as endangered owing to its extremely small range, which is now severely fragmented in three areas on two volcanoes.

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Recommended Citation

Tuxtla Quail-Dove (Zentrygon carrikeri), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: