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Golden-spotted Ground-Dove Metriopelia aymara


The Golden-spotted Ground-Dove is a member of the high Andean genus Metriopelia. It occurs from south-central Peru to northwest Argentina and is seldom found lower than 2500 m. This ground-dove can be found in a diversity of habitats such as wide lake shores, plains, semi-desert scrub, tussocks or cushion plants. During the breeding season, it may congregate in sizable groups in Polylepis woodland, often at very high elevations. The Golden-spotted Ground-Dove is the only species of Metropelia that lacks bare facial skin, but from a distance must be distinguished with care from its congeners.

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Recommended Citation

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