Paloma-perdiz Violácea/Violaceous Quail-Dove/Geotrygon violacea

Foto: Hector Bottai

Nombre en español: Paloma-perdiz Violácea

Nombre en inglés: Violaceous Quail-Dove

Nombre científico: Geotrygon violacea

Familia: Columbidae

Canto: Oscar Humberto Marín Gómez & Natalia Perez Amaya

La paloma perdiz violácea paloma violácea o paloma montera violacea (Geotrygon violacea) es una especie de ave columbiforme de la familia Columbidae propia de las selvas de Centro y Sudamérica. Su plumaje vivamente coloreado le sirve para camuflarse. Se avistan en solitario o en pequeños grupos. Con una longitud de 30 cm, los adultos pesan entre 100 y 280 g. Su puesta se reduce a dos huevos.


Se conocen dos subespecies de Geotrygon violacea:​

  • Geotrygon violacea albiventer – De Nicaragua al norte de Colombia y oeste de Venezuela.
  • Geotrygon violacea violacea – De Surinam al este del Brasil,Perú, Bolivia, Paraguay y noreste de Argentina.

Violaceous quail-dove

The violaceous quail-dove (Geotrygon violacea) is a species of bird in the family Columbidae. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela

Taxonomy and systematics

The violaceous quail-dove and most of what are now the other species in genus Geotrygon were previously in genus Oreopeleia.[4] It has two subspecies, the nominate G. v. violacea and G. v. albiventer.


Male violaceous quail-doves are 20 to 23.5 cm (7.9 to 9.3 in) long and females 21 to 24.5 cm (8.3 to 9.6 in). They weigh 93 to 150 g (3.3 to 5.3 oz). Adult males of the nominate subspecies have a grayish mauve crown, a grayish white face, and an iridescent purple to amethyst hindneck and shoulders. The rest of the upperparts are brown with an iridescent purple wash. The throat and breast are white with a purple tinge, the belly white, and the flanks buff. The eye is yellow-brown to orange-brown. Adult females are duller, with the purple gloss confined to the hindneck and shoulders. Their face and throat is pale gray, the neck and breast brownish with a purple tint, and the eye brown. Juveniles are similar to the female but darker, with no iridescence, and reddish to cinnamon scalloping on the upperparts. G. v. albiventer is bluer than the nominate on the head, breast, and shoulders.

Distribution and habitat

The nominate subspecies of violaceous quail-dove has a discontinuous distribution. It is found in southeastern Colombia; Guyana and Suriname; northeastern Brazil; parts of Peru and Bolivia; and southeastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, and far northeastern Argentina. G. v. albiventer is found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and through northeastern Colombia to eastern Venezuela. Some seasonal movements are suspected but not documented. It inhabits the undergrowth and understory of tropical evergreen forest, both primary and secondary, and cacao plantations as well. In elevation it ranges up to 1,650 m (5,410 ft).



The violaceous quail-dove forages on the ground for seeds, fallen fruits, and probably small invertebrates.


The violaceous quail-dove’s breeding season appears to span from March possibly to November, based on the timing of observations of adults in breeding condition, a nest with two eggs, and juveniles. The species builds a stick nest 1 to 2 m (3.3 to 6.6 ft) above the ground.


The violaceous quail-dove’s advertising call is «a repeated, single, rather high-pitched cooing note».


The IUCN has assessed the violaceous quail-dove as being of Least Concern. Though it appears to be rare to uncommon in much of its range, it has a large overall population.

Fuentes: Wikipedia/eBird/xeno-canto

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