White-throated Quail-Dove Zentrygon frenata

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The White-throated Quail-Dove is usually considered to be most closely related to the entirely allopatrically distributed Lined Quail-Dove (Geotrygon linearis), and is traditionally subdivided into as many as four different subspecies, although some recent authors have suggested that recognition of any of these is unwarranted. The White-throated Quail-Dove is chiefly characterized by the pale buff forehead and supra-loral region, although the species should be easily identified anyway, it being the only quail-dove over most of its altitudinal range. This is a large, generally rather dark-plumaged, and bulky quail-dove of montane forests to at least 3000 m, where it feeds on the ground, sometimes in pairs or groups of three. It occurs over western Colombia and western Ecuador, but is more widely distributed over the east Andean slope, from eastern Ecuador south to northwest Argentina.

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Recommended Citation

White-throated Quail-Dove (Zentrygon frenata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/wtqdov1