Ruddy Ground-dove
Columbina talpacoti

Brazilian name: Rolinha-roxa

Ruddy Ground-dove, Aguas de São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image Brazil

The Ruddy Ground-dove is distributed from Mexico, through Central America to almost the whole of South America south to northern Chile and northern Argentina. It is found in a wide variety of generally humid habitats such as woodland, gardens, cultivated fields, marshland and forest edges.

Ruddy Ground-dove, São Paulo, Brazil, July 2002 - click for larger image Its pale grey head contrasts with the rufous body and there are black spots on the wings. The female, seen on the right of photo 2, is duller with less contrast.

It feeds on seeds which it picks off the ground.

Ruddy Ground-dove, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is a page with excellent photos on Wikiaves.
Ruddy Ground-dove, Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image
Ruddy Ground-dove, Vargem Alta, Espírito Santo, Brazil, March 2004 - click for larger image
Ruddy Ground-dove, Los Cerritos, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Photos 6 to 8 taken in central Colombia are of the sub-species C. t. rufipennis which tends to be paler. Photo 8 shows the threat display of lifting up one wing while perched or on the ground.
Ruddy Ground-dove, Los Cerritos, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
Ruddy Ground-dove, Los Cerritos, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image
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