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Blue-spotted Wood-Dove

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Small, pale, pretty dove. Bill is red with a yellow tip. The small dark iridescent spots on the wing are blue, though this is hard to see. In flight, the wings show rufous patches, and the tail has white tips and a black band. Found in a variety of thick, moist habitats, including lush savannah, forest edge, thickets, and scrub. Song is a long, slowly accelerating series of hollow “hoo” notes. Separated from other wood-doves by its red-and-yellow bill. Generally found in moister habitats than other wood-doves.

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