Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Bare-faced Ground-dove (Metriopelia ceciliae) - HBW 4, p. 167

French: Colombe de Cécile German: Nacktgesichttäubchen Spanish: Palomita Cascabelita
Other common names: Bare-eyed Ground-dove, Cecilia’s/Spectacled/Yellow-eyed Dove

Taxonomy: Columba (Chamœpelia) Ceciliœ [sic] Lesson, 1845, Peru.
Related to M. morenoi. Race obsoleta doubtfully valid. Race zimmeri commonly listed as gymnops, but this name is preoccupied. Species known to dust-bathe, rare in pigeons. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ceciliae (Lesson, 1845) - W Peru.
  • obsoleta (Zimmer, 1924) - E Peruvian Andes in upper Marañón Valley and its tributaries in N Peru (S to La Raya).
  • zimmeri J. L. Peters, 1937 - extreme S Peru through Bolivia to N Chile (Tarapacá) and NW Argentina (Salta, Jujuy).

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