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Purple Quail-Dove Geotrygon purpurata

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The Sapphire Quail-Dove ranges, very locally over both main slopes of the Andes from northwest Colombia south to northwest Ecuador, and from southeastern Colombia south, even more discontinuously, to southeast Peru; it occurs in lowland and submontane forests, as well as in older second growth. Some authorities have suggested that separate species are involved, west and east of the Andes, but this proposal has yet to acquire much support. This quail-dove is a particularly attractive member of the genus Geotrygon, being pale gray below, with a mix of green, gold, and purplish iridescences over the head and upperparts, with a white forehead and broad cheek-stripe, outlined below in black. Most aspects of its ecology and behavior are still poorly known, although the species’ nest was described recently.

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Recommended Citation

Purple Quail-Dove (Geotrygon purpurata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: