Grey-headed Doves

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The Grey-headed Dove (Leptotila plumbeiceps) is a large New World tropical dove.


Distribution / Range

It is a resident breeder from eastern Mexico to western Panama. It was formerly considered conspecific (of, or belonging to, the same species) with the Grey-fronted Dove, L. rufaxilla, of South America and the Grenada Dove, L. wellsi, of Grenada.

The Grey-headed Dove inhabits the understory of forests, old second growth, scrubby woodland and cacao plantations .The Grey-headed Dove is usually seen singly or in pairs.


Nesting / Breeding

It builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs. Incubation is about 14 days, and fledging another 15.



They Grey-headed Dove is 25cm long and weighs 155g.

The adult has a grey crown and neck, the latter showing purple iridescence. It has a whitish forehead and throat. The upperparts and wings are olive-brown, and the underparts are pinkish shading to white on the belly. The tail is broadly tipped with white. The bill is black and the legs red.

Young birds lack the grey on the head and have buff edges to the feathers of the back.


Diet / Feeding

It forages on the ground for fruit, seeds and grit. Its flight is fast and direct, with the regular beats and clattering of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general.


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