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Photo by Stanley Jones
Near Corral Quemado, Piura Department, Peru, November 2013
Leptotila pallida


23-26 cm.

  • White forehead, face and throat, becoming grey on crown and purplish grey on nape and hindneck
  • Pale vinaceous sides of neck and breast
  • White belly and undertail-coverts
  • Chestnut brown upperparts, some chestnut red on outer wing-coverts, uppertail-coverts and central rectrices
  • Some purple iridescence on hindneck and upper mantle
  • Dark greyish primaries brown fringed rusty
  • Yellow eye
  • Pinkish red to brownish legs and feet
  • Black bill

Females are less reddish brown and their pink and grey areas are duller.


Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
A poorly known species, obviously still fairly common in its range.


This is a monotypic species.
Has been considered a subspecies of Gray-fronted Dove.


Moist lowland forest in Chocó lowlands. Also in dry semi-deciduous woodland and secondary forest.
Occurs from sea-level up to 800 m.


Usually seen singly or in pairs.


Seen feeding on the ground. No other information.


A male in breeding condition was taken in December. No other information.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221

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