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Blue-headed Quail-Dove

Starnoenas cyanocephala

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A shy plump dove of forests with closed canopies, open understory, and leaf litter. Typically found on the ground and often in pairs. Takes to flight quickly with loud flapping of wings. Readily identified by its blue, black, and white head pattern plus the white encircled dark beard on chest. Call is a distinctive ascending “Whooo-oop.”

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