Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

Pallid Dove (Leptotila pallida)


French: Colombe pâle German: Fahltaube Spanish: Paloma montaraz pálida

Leptoptila [sic] pallida

Berlepsch and Taczanowski

, 1884,

Chimbo, Ecuador


Formerly considered a race of L. rufaxilla. Has also been considered conspecific with L. plumbeiceps, L. battyi and L. wellsi. Monotypic.


Tropical lowlands of Pacific coast in W Colombia (from R San Juan), Ecuador (S to Loja) and NW Peru (Tumbes)#R#R.

Descriptive notes

23–26 cm. Forehead, face and throat white, becoming grey on crown and purplish grey on nape and hindneck; sides of neck and breast pale vinaceous; belly and undertail-... read more


Song is a single mournful monotonous note “wooOOOoo” which fades in and out. Length is c. 0·7... read more


Inhabits Chocó lowlands, in tropical lowland evergreen forest, dry semi-deciduous woodland... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Recorded feeding on the ground and eating bananas in a feeder.


A breeding condition male was taken in Dec. No further information.


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known, being restricted to zone of rather limited ornithological investigation. Reported to be locally fairly common throughout much of its... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Pallid Dove (Leptotila pallida). 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 December 2019).