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Plain-breasted Ground-Dove Columbina minuta



Distinguishing Characteristics

14.5 - 16.0 cm. 26 - 42 g. Reddish eyes. Back gray-brown; feathers that cover the wings paler gray-brown. Feathers that cover the wings with dark violet spots. Flight feathers of wings dull rufous, inner feathers dark. Underwings mostly rufous. Central tail feathers gray-brown, outer feathers blackish narrowly tipped white. Pink legs. Males and females are different. Male: Crown and nape blue-gray. Bill grayish tipped black. Face, neck, chest and belly vinaceous gray. Female: Duller than males. Crown and nape grayish. Bill grayish. Face, neck and chest pale gray; throat and belly paler. Juveniles are similar to females; back and feathers that cover the wings with bright margins; blackish spots on wings.

Similar Species

Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina), has a very marked scaling on head and chest.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Plain-breasted Ground-Dove (Columbina minuta), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: