Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Ecuadorian Ground-dove (Columbina buckleyi)


French: Colombe de Buckley German: Blasstäubchen Spanish: Columbina ecuatoriana
Other common names: Buckley's Ground-dove

Chamæpelia buckleyi

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1877,

Santa Rita, Ecuador


Formerly placed in genus Columbigallina. Closely related to C. talpacoti. Race dorsti, originally described as a subspecies of C. talpacoti, is intermediate between nominate races of the two species#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. b. buckleyi (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1877) – NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas) S to extreme NW Peru (Tumbes).
  • C. b. dorsti (Koepcke, 1962) – upper Marañón Valley in NW Peru.
  • Descriptive notes

    18 cm; c. 57 g. Forehead and face greyish pink darkening on breast and underparts to deep mauve pink; crown and nape bluish grey; upperparts brownish grey, wing-coverts... read more


    Song is a series of evenly-spaced, low-pitched slighty upslurred cooing notes at a rate of c. 0.6-0... read more


    Fairly common in open, dry, deciduous and semi-deciduous woodlands, as well as thicker woodland... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information available. Probably feeds mainly on small seeds, like congeners.


    Little information. Nest substantial and cup-shaped, unlike most dove nests. Four active nests found in Feb–Mar were in bushes or... read more


    None known, but in Bosque Nacional de Tumbes, NW Peru, only recorded in Jun–Jul and not seen... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Occurs only in the Tumbesian Endemic Bird Area, within which it is considered to be fairly common. Hitherto it has been thought to be relatively... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P., de Juana, E. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Ecuadorian Ground-dove (Columbina buckleyi). 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 February 2020).