Buff-fronted quail-dove

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Buff-fronted quail-dove
Geotrygon costaricensis, Monteverde, Costa Rica.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Zentrygon
Species: Z. costaricensis
Binomial name
Zentrygon costaricensis
Lawrence, 1868

Geotrygon costaricensis

The buff-fronted quail-dove (Zentrygon costaricensis) or Costa Rican quail-dove is a species of bird in the family Columbidae. It is found in Costa Rica and Panama where its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests where it forages on the ground for seeds and fruit.

This stocky ground-dwelling dove measures 28 cm (11 in) and weighs 320 g (11 oz).[2][3]

The head, neck and breast are medium grey, the nape and upper back have a green tinge while the belly grades to brownish. The back, wings and tail are maroon. The head has a distinct pattern of light-grey cheeks bordered above and below by narrow black stripes, which extend just past the eye, as well as the namesake buffy patch above the bill. The eye is brown surrounded by a slim but noticeable red ring, the legs are bright coral-red, and the bill is dull brown with a reddish cast at the base.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Zentrygon costaricensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Garrigues, Richard; Dean, Robert (2007). The Birds of Costa Rica. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-8014-7373-9. 
  3. ^ a b Schulenberg, Thomas S.; Kirwan, Guy M. (2014). Schulenberg, T.S., ed. "Buff-fronted Quail-Dove (Geotrygon costaricensis)". Neotropical Birds Online. Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

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