Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

White-faced Quail-dove (Zentrygon albifacies)


French: Colombe des nuages German: Sclatertaube Spanish: Paloma perdiz cariblanca

Geotrygon albifacies

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Jalapa, Veracruz


Sometimes considered conspecific with Z. linearis and Z. chiriquensis. Several proposed races, including rubida (Guerrero), anthonyi (Guatemala) and silvestris (El Salvador). Monotypic.


Locally in mountains of Mexico (SE San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo and C Veracruz to Guerrero, N & SC Oaxaca and N & S Chiapas) to C Guatemala, W El Salvador, Honduras and NW Nicaragua.

Descriptive notes

Male 28–36 cm, female 28–31 cm; 294–339 g. Resembles Z. chiriquensis but lacks black malar stripe, and breast lighter and greyer; forehead white... read more


Song is a single monotonous low-pitched note 'whooOOo', with gradually increasing amplitude and... read more


Humid evergreen and pine evergreen forests at 1000–2700 m, occasionally down to 300 m;... read more

Food and feeding

No information. Presumably similar to congeners.


Possibly nests all year round in El Salvador, where female and almost fully grown juvenile were flushed from a nest c. 7 m above ground in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Remains common to fairly common in Mexico, though very patchily distributed; generally uncommon in El Salvador. Probably declining in many parts of... read more

Recommended citation

Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). White-faced Quail-dove (Zentrygon albifacies). 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 22 November 2019).