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Plain-breasted Ground-Dove Columbina minuta

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The Plain-breasted Ground-Dove has a large but discontinuous distribution, from southern Mexico south through Central America to Colombia, over northern South America to Trinidad and the Guianas, and in central Brazil south to northeast Argentina, as well as on the Pacific coast of Ecuador and Peru. Both sexes of this ground-dwelling dove are most likely to be confused with the more widespread and familiar Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti) and Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina). Compared to the former, the present species is much duller and less rufescent, whereas the latter species has a distinctively speckled appearance to the head and neck. The Plain-breasted Ground-Dove is usually found in rather arid areas, including second growth and cultivation, and has been seen to at least 2100 above sea level, but is usually encountered in the lowlands or foothills.

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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: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/pbgdov1