Dove, Ruddy Quail

[Geotrygon Montana]

The Ruddy Quail Dove is approximately 9” in length. The male of this species is cinnamon in color and the female, a duller olive brown. Males have a double cheek stripe to distinguish it from the female. They are a shy an unobtrusive forest dove, mainly terrestrial walking with rapid steps and a bobbing head. Because of its large range of habitation, it is not considered a threatened species with an IUCN rating of Least Concern.

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Range
South America, large range.
Habitat
Often on the forest floor beneath fruiting trees where it eats fallen seeds and fruit.
Gestation
The incubation for the eggs is approximately 11 days.
Litter
Usually there are 2 eggs in the nest.
Behavior
If surprised it may flush to a low branch. These birds fly fast with abrupt, bat like swerving, usually low over ground. The ruddy quail-dove has a distinctive cry, almost like a moaning. It is rather long and repeats in 3-5 second intervals.
Reproduction
Breeding is from January to June.
Wild Diet
Seeds and fruit
Zoo Diet

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