Stunning dove found in humid rainforest in lowlands and foothills. Notable features include a chestnut back, pale belly, golden neck patches, and a striking head pattern. Might be confused with the duller Violaceous Quail-Dove in dark forest, where color is not easy to discern; note the bold face pattern on Sapphire 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, stuttered whistle repeated every few seconds.