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

White-faced Quail-Dove is the most widespread of the Middle American Geotrygon, although the species is somewhat local. It is distributed from Mexico south to northwestern Nicaragua, usually at elevations of 1000-2700 m, although occasionally it occurs much lower. Its preferred habitats are humid evergreen and pine evergreen forests, but White-faced Quail-Dove also occurs in cloud forests locally in Mexico. The plumage of White-faced Quail-Dove is most similar to that of the allopatric Chiriqui Quail-Dove (Geotrygon chiriquensis) of Costa Rica and Panama, but in contrast White-faced Quail-Dove lacks a dark malar stripe, has a much paler breast, possesses dark "furrows" over the sides of the neck, and has a purplish cast to the mantle. The biology of White-faced Quail-Dove is poorly known, much like those of many of its congeners, with almost nothing known about its diet and only fragmentary data available concerning breeding.


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

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