Polynesian Ground Dove Alopecoenas erythropterus

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A rotund, short-legged ground-dwelling dove that usually runs rather than flies when startled. Male is unmistakable, dark-bodied with a purplish iridescent shoulder, a bright white chest and face, and a blackish crown patch that extends to the neck. Female similar but has a beige belly, chest, and head with a dark spot behind the eye. Apparently rarely vocal, but has been heard giving a typical dove-like “coo.”

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