Maroon-chested Ground-Dove Claravis mondetoura




Forage in open areas. Its bill, small and soft at the base, is well adapted to collect seeds from the ground or remove fruits and nuts from trees or shrubs. They store their food in their craw and then it is macerated in the gizzard with help of stones. The ability to store large amounts of food in the craw allows foraging briefly in risky areas with predators, and after process the food in a safer place. In places where food is abundant, they often spend long periods resting between short but concentrated binge eating. They present an adaptation that allows them to drink by dipping its bill and sucking, making this activity faster and decreasing exposure to predators.

Often seen flying down forest trails or across clearings, flight fast and distinctively rocking.

Social and interspecific behavior

Usually in pairs, at times in small flocks of up to 15 individuals.

Recommended Citation

Maroon-chested Ground-Dove (Claravis mondetoura), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: