Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Gray-Headed Dove

At Tinamu Reserve in Risalda Department, Colombia, we were gathered early one morning to look for a tinamou bird being lured in by feed scattered on the ground and a cell phone blaring the call of a tinamou. The tinamou never came, but a gray-headed dove did and gobbled up the grain. It was the only gray-headed dove I saw. 
The gray-headed dove is found in southeastern Mexico, portions of Central America and in a small area of Colombia. In Colombia they are found at elevations of 3,300 to 5,900 feet and on one active volcano at up to 8,500 feet. In most of its range it is fairly common, but is uncommon in Colombia. 
Range of gray-headed dove from Wikipedia. 
It has a bluish gray forehead, a little bit darker crown, nape, upper mantle and sides of the neck and the rest of the face is pinkish buff. The throat and belly are white and the breast is pale pink. The wings and tail are dark olive brown, the bill is black and the legs and feet are pink. The female is grayish fawn on the breast. 

1 comment:

  1. It's always nice when although you don't get what you're looking for, something else worth seeing comes along!