Blue ground dove


Blue Ground Doves (Claravis pretiosa) are small pigeons. Adult males have blue-grey upperparts and paler grey underparts, becoming grey-white on the face. The flight feathers and outer tail feathers are blackish, and the wings are boldly spotted black (these spots often forming distinct bands). The iris is red or yellow, the bare eyering is green, and the legs are flesh-pink. The female has a grey-brown head neck and breast, becoming pale blue-grey on the underwings and belly. The back is ruddy brown, contrasting with the chestnut rump and tail. The spots in the wings are chestnut-brown. Young birds resemble the female, but have ruddy scaling on the back.


  • Where to find them: Central and South America
  • Length: 7 inches
  • Lifespan: 8-12 years
  • Habitat: Open woodland forests
  • Diet: Seeds and small insects
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