Lined Quail-Dove Zentrygon linearis

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The Lined Quail-Dove occurs in tropical and subtropical forests to at least 2500 m, and is distributed from central and eastern Colombia east across northern Venezuela, and also occurs on Trinidad and Tobago, on which islands it is virtually the sole Geotrygon, other than the very widespread Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana). Compared to the latter species, the Lined Quail-Dove is rather larger, darker overall, with a purplish mantle, and has a much more intricate face pattern, which closely recalls that of the even larger-bodied but wholly allopatric White-throated Quail-Dove (Geotrygon frenata). Most facets of the present species’ biology are still poorly known, with just one nest having been described, and nothing known concerning its diet other than that the species takes seeds, foraged on the ground by lone birds or pairs feeding together.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

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