Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Least Concern

White-faced Quail-dove (Zentrygon albifacies)


Taxonomy

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

Geotrygon albifacies

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Jalapa, Veracruz

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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.

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54249 on 17 October 2018).