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Subspecies albipennis
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Ondores, Junín, Peru, August 2017
Patagioenas maculosa


32–33 cm (12½-13 in)

  • Purplish-pink forehead, crown, nape, hindneck and breast
  • Grey head and underparts with pinkish tinge
  • Pale grey bill without red


C. m. albipennis, found in Peru and Bolivia has less noticeable spotting and a conspicuous white band across the wing.


Subspecies maculosa
Photo © by Fritz73
Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It is distributed from central Peru to south-east Brazil and south to central Argentina and Chile.


Spot-winged Pigeon has previously been placed in genus Columba.


Two subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • P. m. albipennis:
  • P. m. maculosa:


Subspecies maculosa
Photo © by Stanley Jones
El 44 Reserva Natural de Tiempo Libre, Capilla del Monte, Córdoba Province, Argentina, October 2019

Dry semi-open habitat and agricultural land.



They feed mainly on seeds and is regarded as a pest in Argentina where it attacks sunflower crops.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Kirwan, G.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Spot-winged Pigeon (Patagioenas maculosa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54131 on 2 December 2019).

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