Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Grey-headed Dove (Leptotila plumbeiceps)


French: Colombe à calotte grise German: Graukopftaube Spanish: Paloma montaraz cabecigrís

Leptoptila [sic] plumbeiceps

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1868,

Vera Paz, Guatemala


Often considered conspecific with L. battyi, but has distinct vocalizations#R, in addition to plumage differences. Has also been considered conspecific with L. rufaxilla, L. wellsi and L. pallida. Race notia doubtfully distinct. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. p. plumbeiceps P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1868 – E Mexico through Belize, E Guatemala, Caribbean slope of Honduras and Nicaragua to coastal W Costa Rica, and S to W Colombia.
  • L. p. notia J. L. Peters, 1931 – Caribbean slope of W Panama.
  • Descriptive notes

    23·5–26 cm; 139–205 g. Forehead pale bluish grey becoming slightly darker on crown, nape, upper mantle and sides of neck; face and ear-coverts pinkish buff... read more


    Song is a single mournful monotonous note 'wooOOOoo' which fades in and out. Length is... read more


    Typically inhabits interior of humid forest; also second growth and forest edge, especially in... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information available.


    In Colombia, 4 birds in breeding condition taken in Jan, Puracé. No further information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rather patchily distributed and local, though considered to be fairly common throughout much of its distribution; common to fairly common from SE... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Grey-headed Dove (Leptotila plumbeiceps). 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 9 April 2020).