dove appears to be a little larger than a common ringneck
or Barbary dove.But it is not. The male of this specie
has upperparts that are burnt sienna with deep rich
irdescence bronzish-green and amethyst coloration.
The nape, crown and the upper back of the neck are
reddish-purple. The mantle, back, rump and wing coverts
are also this reddish-purple or purplish-red color.
The inner secondaries, primary tips are burnt umber.
The throat is a pale nearly white in color. A unique
and conspicuous broad stripe extends from the lower
mandible under and beyond the eye. This stripe is
white. The burnt umber area separates the lower edge
of this white facial stripe from the pale nearly white
throat. The sides of the neck, and breast are a lavender
pink or pinish-gray with shading to near white on
the belly. The underparts of the tail are grayish-buff
with tips that are nearly white. The bill is raw umber
and reddish brown at the base. The eyes are orange,
yellow or red. The orbital skin is a pale red. In
mature birds the feet and legs are light red, in young
birds they are pink.
female of this specie is slightly duller than her
counterpart. She has more of an olive-brown cast.
Both sexes look much alike to the untrained eye.
birds have little if any iridescence. They also are
browner than the adults are.
to Tony Brancato for his help with this page.