• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

White-tipped Dove - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Robert Scanlon
Location: Tayrona, Colombia
Leptotila verreauxi


Subspecies verreauxi
Photo © by NJ Larsen
El Dorado Lodge, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, 24 August 2023

28 cm. Grey crown and nape, pale grey or white forehead, white throat, red eye-ring (blue in most of the Amazon and northern South America), grey-brown upperparts and wings, white underparts shading to pink, dull grey or buff on the chest, rufous underwing coverts, tail broadly tipped with white, black bill, red legs, yellow iris.


Northernmost Race L. v. angelica
Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool, Texas, USA, 16 April 2021

Texas (extreme south only) in the USA through Mexico and Central and South America to western Peru and central Argentina. It also breeds on Trinidad and Tobago and the Netherlands Antilles.


Numerous subspecies exist; some of the more widespread are the nominate taxon, L. v. verreauxi, from Nicaragua to Venezuela, L. v. angelica from Texas and coastal Mexico, L. v. decolor west of the Andes from Colombia to northern Peru, L. v. brasiliensis in most of the Amazon north of the Amazon River and L. v. decipiens in a large part of central South America.


Scrub, woodland and forest.


It builds a large stick nest in a tree; 2 white eggs are laid and incubated for about 14 days; after a further 15 days the young fledge.

The diet includes seeds obtained by foraging on the ground, and insects, including butterflies and moths.


Recommended Citation

External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.1