French: Colombe à ailes noires German: Weißbugtäubchen Spanish: Palomita alinegra
Related to M. aymara. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. m. saturatior
C. Chubb, 1917 – Andes of SW Colombia (S from Pasto, Nariño) and Ecuador (S to Azuay).
M. m. melanoptera
(Molina, 1782) – Peru (from at least upper Marañón Valley) and adjacent Bolivia S to Chile (S to Colchagua) and W Argentina (S to Santa Cruz and W Chubut); also Tierra del Fuego.
21–23 cm; male 89·1–114·1 g, female 86–96·1 g, unsexed 113–125 g. Greyish brown or earth brown above suffused with faint pink... read more
Usually silent but males coo incessantly from a tree morning and evening in the breeding season.... read more
Occupies páramo zone of Colombia and Ecuador, and puna zone of Peru,... read more
Food and feeding
No information on diet, other than grass seeds. Feeds on the ground, usually in small tight flocks but at times in larger groups, sometimes... read more
In N of range (Colombia and Ecuador) eggs found Aug–Oct, but in S season extends to Nov–Feb; in Peru breeds mainly Mar–... read more
Moves to lower elevations in winter: Chilean populations, except apparently in extreme N, descend... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Few precise data available from any part of extensive range. Appears to be generally common and locally numerous; local in SW Colombia. Occupies... read more
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