French: Colombe picui German: Picuitäubchen Spanish: Columbina picuí
Other common names: Picui Ground-dove
Plumage pattern similar to C. cruziana, which is probably its closest relative. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. strepitans
Spix, 1825 – NE Brazil in Maranhão, Piauí, Ceará, Bahia and NE Goiás.
C. p. picui
(Temminck, 1813) – E & S Bolivia, Paraguay and S Brazil S to Uruguay, S Argentina (Chubut) and C Chile; winters N to E Peru.
18 cm; 42–59 g. Forehead and throat whitish, narrow black stripe across lores; crown and nape grey becoming brownish grey on mantle, back, rump, uppertail-... read more
Song is a series of evenly-spaced, low-pitched cooing notes at a rate of c. 1.4-1.6 notes per... read more
Mainly found in arid country; forest edge and savanna with open grassland, scattered trees and... read more
Food and feeding
Food consists largely of seeds, including cultivated grains, e.g. sorghum. Feeds on ground, often in small groups of up to 25–30... read more
Season Oct–Apr in Argentina. Nest of twigs, lined with finer materials in shrub or tree. Also in roofs, at least occasionally. ... read more
Believed to be migrant, e.g. regular non-breeding visitor to E Peru in winter. Birds found... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Virtually no information available on status, but species appears to be abundant in places e.g. in dry Chaco of NW Argentina; widespread in lowlands... read more
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