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Black-winged Ground Dove - BirdForum Opus

Metriopelia melanoptera
Photo © by Steve Herrmann (Ecuadorrebel)
Photo taken at Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador. February, 2009


  • Brown body
  • Blackish wings
  • Bright red eye ring
  • Bright yellow orange crescent below eye
  • White shoulder patches or "headlights"
  • Pale pink throat and belly
  • Dark legs and feet
    Sexes similar.

Variation: the orange patch near the eye is, in Chile, limited to an area in front of the eye, while the isolated form in Colombia and Ecuador does not show this at all.


South America: found in south-west Colombia to northern Ecuador, and disjunct in Peru, Chile, and extreme west of Argentina to Tierra del Fuego.


There are 2 subspecies:

  • M. m. melanoptera:
  • M. m. saturatior:


Dry scrub above 2,000m (lower in the more southerly end of the range).


The clutch consists of 2 eggs which are incubated by both adults for 14-15 days. The young fledge at two weeks.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BF Member observations
  3. Arthur Grosset

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