Small dove with a dark brown back and pale face and underparts. In flight, the wings show rufous patches. Found in rainforest, gallery forest, thickets, moist woodland, and plantations. Shy understory species that is most often seen on the ground. Song is a long series of hollow “hoo” notes with a stuttering start and a long, even end. Separated from wood-doves by its darker back and paler face and underparts.