Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis

  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: Kayleigh Chalkowski
Sections

Breeding

The seasonality of breeding varies across the wide geographic range of Pale-vented Pigeon: at least May-July in Belize (Russell 1964); February-June in Costa Rica (Stiles and Skutch 1989); February-May in Trinidad (Belcher and Smooker 1936); March, May, June and November in Tobago (ffrench 1991); February, March, May, June, September, October, and November (= year round?) in Suriname (Haverschmidt 1968); and October in southern Brazil (Belton 1984).

Their nests are small and fragile, consisting of a flimsy platform of slender twigs built several meters from the ground in tangles of vines or small trees (Belcher and Smooker 1936, Skutch 1964, Haverschmidt 1968, Wetmore 1968); less frequently, nests may be as high as 15 m above the ground (Russell 1964),  Eggs are subelliptical; the dimensions of one egg were 37.4 x 22.1 mm (Wetmore 1968). Only one egg is laid per clutch; the egg is white and unmarked (Belcher and Smooker 1936, Skutch 1964, Haverschmidt 1968, Wetmore 1968).

Recommended Citation

Chalkowski, K. (2013). Pale-vented Pigeon (Patagioenas cayennensis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.pavpig2.01