Ground-dove Metriopelia aymara
Chilean name: Tórtolita de la puna
|Lagunas Miscanti and Miñiques, Chile
The Golden-spotted Ground-dove is distributed in the Andes of southern Peru and central / southern Bolivia to northern Chile and north-west Argentina. It is found in dry, open puna and Andean scrub usually above 2,800m but lower down towards Coquimbo in Chile.
|It looks small, round and legless and usually has its short tail pointed downwards like a quail. The lesser coverts have iridescent gold spots which are difficult to see except in good light and are best seen here in photo 2. The tertials have two blackish spots, not always visible but seen here in photo 1. In flight it has blackish primaries with rufous bases on the underside which are difficult to see but visible in photo 4.|
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