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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of White-faced Quail-Dove is described as "a low, hollow, mournful whoooo or whoo'oo", given at a rate of 10 songs per 25-45 s, but usually 10 songs per 36-40 s (Howell and Webb 1995). The song is similar to that of Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana) but rises slightly and falls abruptly (the song of Ruddy Quail-Dove fades away) (Howell and Webb 1995).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of White-faced Quail-Dove can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

The wings may produce a whirring sound when flushed (Howell and Webb 1995).

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