Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Moreno's Ground-dove (Metriopelia morenoi)


French: Colombe de Moreno German: Morenotäubchen Spanish: Palomita de Moreno
Other common names: Bare-eyed Ground-dove

Gymnopelia morenoi


, 1902,

Incahausi, Salta, Argentina


Formerly placed with M. ceciliae in a separate genus, Gymnopelia. Monotypic.


NW Argentina: Salta and Tucumán (above 2000 m), Jujuy, Catamarca and La Rioja.

Descriptive notes

17 cm. Upperparts dull brown, greyish on head and mantle and rufous on uppertail-coverts; throat whitish grey; rest of underparts pale brownish grey becoming buffish on... read more


Wings produce a frail rattling when birds are taking off. Vocalisations are poorly known. ... read more


Temperate and puna zones from 1800 to at least 3200 m; pre-puna vegetation... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Feeds in groups on ground.


Nests in clay walls and  in cavities in earth banks. Lays 2 white eggs. No further information available.


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very poorly known and little studied. Has rather restricted range, in which it is locally not uncommon to rare, according to different observers.... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M., Boesman, P. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2019). Moreno's Ground-dove (Metriopelia morenoi). 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 13 November 2019).