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Grenada Dove Leptotila wellsi




Grenada Doves spend most of their time on the ground, searching for food and walking.

No Grenada Doves have been seen outside the forest nor flying above the forest canopy. They are possibly isolated to the patches of remaining habitat. Dispersal patterns are not yet known.

Within the forest, flight has only been observed from one perch to another, from a perch to the ground and from the ground to a tree. All other observations have been of doves walking on the ground. During the non-breeding season at Mt. Hartman, a pair of doves was observed walking side-by-side.


Male birds perch on branches up to four meters in height and sing a monotonous song that is probably used in attracting a mate and defending a territory.

When challenged by a competitor, it has been known to fly down to ground level and fight, jumping and striking the opponent with its wings (Blockstien 1991).

Sexual Behavior

Little is known, assumed to be territorial.

Social and interspecific behavior

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Several potential exotic mammal nest predators were introduced to Grenada including rats, Indian Mongooses (Hepestes aropunctatus), Mona Monkeys (Cercopithicus mona) and feral cats (Felis silvestris) and Common Opossum (Didelphis marsupialis). Little is known on the impact of these species have on the Greanda Dove.

Recommended Citation

Grenada Dove (Leptotila wellsi), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: