White-faced Quail-Dove Zentrygon albifacies

  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Guy M. Kirwan, and Thomas S. Schulenberg



The behavior of White-faced Quail-Dove is not well known. It forages while walking on the ground, usually in dense cover. This quail-dove roosts above the ground. Rather than fly to the roost site, it ascends through the vegetation with hops along branches or by walking up sloping branches (Thurber et al. 1987).


There are no published data on territorial defense, maintenance, or fidelity, or for territory or home range size, for White-faced Quail-Dove.

Sexual Behavior

Not described; presumably is monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

White-faced Quail-Dove usually is solitary or in pairs when foraging (Dickey and van Rossem 1938, Howell and Webb 1995). These doves may be social when roosting, however, with up to eight individuals roosting together (Thurber et al. 1987).


No reports of predation on White-faced Quail-Dove?

Recommended Citation

Soberanes-González, C. A., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, M. d. C. Arizmendi, G. M. Kirwan, and T. S. Schulenberg (2014). White-faced Quail-Dove (Zentrygon albifacies), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.wfqdov1.01