Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Black-winged Ground-dove (Metriopelia melanoptera)


French: Colombe à ailes noires German: Weißbugtäubchen Spanish: Palomita alinegra

Columba Melanoptera


, 1782,



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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Kirwan, G.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Black-winged Ground-dove (Metriopelia melanoptera). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 January 2020).