Bare-faced Ground-Dove Metriopelia ceciliae


Distributed from western Peru south to northwest Argentina, the generally common Bare-faced Ground-Dove is generally found at altitudes between 2000 and 4500 m, although there are records from sea level in Peru. It is an attractive and generally distinctive, smaller Metriopelia. Principally grayish brown with pale feather fringes above, especially obvious on the wing coverts and tertials, and gray with a pink or buffy tinge below, the tail is largely black with white tips, but perhaps the species’ most obvious feature is the yellow to orange orbital skin around the eye. The Bare-faced Ground-Dove inhabits arid to semi-arid zones, including puna grasslands, but is frequently found around habitation, especially at higher elevations.

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Recommended Citation

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