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Purple Quail-Dove

Geotrygon purpurata

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Stunning dove found in very wet rainforest in the lowlands and foothills of western Colombia and northwestern Ecuador. Notable features include a chestnut back, pale belly, golden neck patches, and a striking head pattern. Might be confused with the duller Olive-backed Quail-Dove in dark forest, where color is not easy to discern; note the neck patches and stronger contrast between white forehead and darker crown on Purple Quail-Dove. Usually encountered alone, quietly walking along the forest floor. May ascend to a low perch when flushed or when it sings—a soft whistle repeated every few seconds.

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