Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Golden-spotted Ground-dove (Metriopelia aymara)


French: Colombe aymara German: Aymaratäubchen Spanish: Palomita aimará
Other common names: Bronze-winged Ground-dove

Columba Aymara


, 1840,



Formerly placed in a monotypic genus Leptophaps. Related to M. melanoptera. Monotypic.


SC & S Peru (from Ancash) and WC & S Bolivia S to N Chile (S to Coquimbo) and NW Argentina (S to Andes of Mendoza).

Descriptive notes

17–19 cm. Pale fawn brown above with vinous pink tinge; vinous pink below becoming white on throat and buff on belly; central tail feathers greyish brown with black... read more


Known to call but no details of vocalisations are available. Like other congeners produces a ... read more


Inhabits puna zone of Andes; on plains, wide lake shores, and dried-up clay-pans in semi-... read more

Food and feeding

No information available on diet. Feeds on the ground, usually in small groups but sometimes in large flocks.


Eggs have been found Apr–Aug in Bolivia and N Chile, and May–Jun in C Peru; juveniles recorded in Bolivia Jul–Sept and... read more


Seasonal movements poorly understood and warrant further study.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Little precise information available, but species appears to be locally common in some areas e.g. in parts of Argentina; abundance seems to vary... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Golden-spotted Ground-dove (Metriopelia aymara). 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 18 January 2020).