|Spot-winged Pigeon Patagioenas
(aka Columba maculosa)
|The Spot-winged Pigeon is
distributed from central Peru to south-east Brazil and south to
central Argentina. It is found in dry semi-open habitat such as
the espinilho near Barra do Quaraí in Rio Grande do
Sul and in agricultural land.
Its most distinguishing feature is the spotted effect on the wing-coverts.
|The sub-species C. m.
albipennis found in Peru and Bolivia has less noticeable
spotting and a conspicuous white band across the wing. It has
recently appeared in northern Chile where photos 4 and 5 were
It feeds mainly on seeds and is regarded as a pest in Argentina where it attacks sunflower crops.
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