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


Nests with eggs are reported from Mexico from March-May (Rowley 1984, Binford 1989), and a nest with a nestling was found in early June (Rowley 1966). Dickey and van Rossem (1938) suggested that it may breed year round in El Salvador, but the only nest they encountered was in May. This nest contained a large juvenile and an adult female; the oviduct of the female contained an egg, almost ready to be laid.

The nest is well concealed in thickets and is "a frail accumulation of sticks" (Rowley 1984). Nests are placed 0.45-6 m above the ground (n = 4; Dickey and van Rossem 1938, Rowley 1966, 1984). The clutch is two; the eggs are pale buff and unmarked (Rowley 1984). Mean egg dimensions are 33.7 x 22.3 mm (n = 4; Rowley et al. 1984). Incubation lasts 11 to 13 days.

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