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Photo by jmorlan
Camino a Central Panga, Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins, Chile, February 2018
Patagioenas araucana

Columba araucana


34–35 cm (13¼-13¾ in)

  • Wine-coloured body
  • Grey wings
  • iridescent greenish neck patch
  • Thin white band at back of neck
  • Red iris and legs
  • Blackish-grey bill


South America: found in central and southern Chile and Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].

This species has previously been placed in genus Columba.


Southern beech forest and rain forest.



They eat a wide variety of fruit and berries, particularly Araucaria fruit. They often feed in groups.


They often nest in bamboo thickets, building a platform nest from sticks. The clutch consists of 1 white egg.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset
  3. avesdechile
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Apr 2018)

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