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Bare-eyed Ground-Dove Metriopelia morenoi


Also known as the Moreno’s Ground-Dove, this smaller Metriopelia is endemic to northwest Argentina, between the provinces of Salta and La Rioja. It is frequently found in and around habitation, congregating in small groups atop houses and on walls, where the species apparently nests in cavities. Despite being frequently found in close proximity to habitation, the species’ behavior has been very little studied. The Bare-eyed Ground-Dove is found from 1800 to at least 3200 m, in arid regions, often with tall columnar cacti, scrub, and some scattered trees. The bird’s upperparts are largely brown, but becoming more grayish over the head, and slightly more brownish gray below. Observers’ attention is most immediately drawn by the bright orange orbital skin around the eye, in turn bordered by a narrow black line (like ‘eyeliner’), but the black outer tail feathers with white tips are obvious in flight. Females have less bright orange skin around the eye, but are otherwise identical to males.

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Recommended Citation

Bare-eyed Ground-Dove (Metriopelia morenoi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: