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EXOTIC (WILD) SPECIES - Picui Ground Dove (Columbina picui)


Adult male: The forehead is pale grey, grading to bluish-grey on the top of the head and the nape. The back of the nack and mantle are greyish-brown. Scapulars, tertials, inner wing -coverts, back, rump and uppertail-coverts are greyish-brown. The outer wing-coverts are all white, appearing as a broad white shoulder when the wing is folded and as a wing-bar when in flight. The white contrasts with the blackish-brown secondaries and primaries. The inner lesser wing-coverts have a bluish-purple diagonal stripe and the tertials have a single subterminal stripe on the outerweb. The inner two pairs of rectrices are greyish-brown with darker tips and the outer rectricies are white; Picui Ground Doves have a striking tail pattern. The chin and throat are white. The face, sides of the neck and the breast are pale vinous-pink grading to white on the belly and the undertail-coverts. The undertail is white. The under-side of the flight feathers are dull brown. The iris is grey and there is a narrow grey eye-ring. The bill is black. Legs and feet are reddish-pink.

Adult female: Famales are generally more fawn grey-brown above and paler fawn-brown below with no vinous wash. The forehead is fawn-brown grading to a rather more greyish-fawn-brown on the back of the neck, mantle and back to inner rectrices. The outer rectricies are darker greyish-brown. Tertials and inner wingcoverts are fawn-brown grading to more greyish-white outer wing -coverts (covert and tertial markings identical to those in male). The inner secondaries are dull ashy-brown grading to blackish-brown on the outer secondaries and primaries. The chin and throat are whitish grading to fawn-brown on the neck and breast, and to white on the belly and undertail-coverts.

Juvenile: Considerabley duller with rather more buff hue overall. The upperparts are generally fringed buff and the wing-coverts and breast are reddish-buff or buff at the center.

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Subspecies: C. p. strepitans, C. p. picui

Natural Habitat:

Arid and semi-arid scrub, grasslands and agricultural areas.

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