Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti)

Ruddy Ground-Dove

[order] COLUMBIFORMES | [family] Columbidae | [latin] Columbina talpacoti | [UK] Ruddy Ground-Dove | [FR] Colombe talpacoti | [DE] Rosttaubchen | [ES] Palomita Colorada (Arg,Bo), Tortolita Rojiza (Cr), Turquita Rojiza (HN) | [NL] Steenduif


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range

Physical charateristics

Ruddy Ground Doves are small short-tailed pigeons, 17cm long with a weight normally about 47g . Adult males have a pale grey head and neck, and rich rufous upperparts, black-spotted on the wing coverts. The underparts are paler brown, the tail is edged black, and the underwings are cinnamon and black. The female is grey-brown rather than rufous, and has less contrast between head and body than the male.

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Latin America : widespread


The Ruddy Ground Dove is very common in scrub and other open country, including cultivation.


It builds a solid cup-shaped stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs. Incubation is 12-13 days with another 12-14 days to fledging. There may be a second or third brood.

Feeding habits

Ruddy Ground Doves feed mainly on seeds.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 15,000,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘abundant’ in at least parts of its range (del Hoyo et al. 1997). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Ruddy Ground-Dove status Least Concern


Resident throughout range.

Distribution map

Ruddy Ground-Dove distribution range map

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