Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana

  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Zerick Kuecker, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, and Tom Johnson

The Ruddy Quail-Dove is the most widely distributed species of Geotrygon; it occurs in  the Caribbean and in Central and South America from Mexico south to Argentina. Like other species of quail-dove, it is a medium-sized columbid and is stocky in shape. Males are mostly chestnut brown, while the females area lighter brown; both sexes have a pale stripe along the side of the face under under the eye, and reddish tarsi. The Ruddy Quail-Dove is widely distributed in forest and woodland habitats, but does not tolerate extensive habitat fragmentation. Like other quail-doves, this species forages solitarily or in pairs for seeds and invertebrates on the ground in thick cover.


© Curtis Marantz

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

Recommended Citation

Kuecker, Z., C. A. Soberanes-González, C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, M. d. C. Arizmendi, and T. Johnson (2012). Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.