Key West Quail-Dove
Susua Forest, Puerto Rico
8 July 1998
This is a "soft" image but the best I could do at the time in the dark forest conditions. This was before digital equipment and I had to use a slow ISO and slow shutter speed.
Bentsen State Park, Texas
6 March 1996
This was the first (and remains the only) Texas record of this tropical dove. The data from the Texas Bird Records Committ files show the following dates.
RUDDY QUAIL-DOVE (Geotrygon montana)
2-6 March 1996 Bentsen SP., HID (TBRC 1996-28; TPRF 1468) (FN 50:303)
1, trail to the Quill, not far from the rim.
Geotrygon is a bird genus in the pigeon and dove family (Columbidae). Its members are called quail-doves and all live in the Neotropics. The 17 species of this genus have ranges from southern Mexico and Central America to the West Indies and South America. Quail-doves are ground-dwelling birds that live, nest, and feed in dense forests. They are remarkable for their purple to brown coloration with light-and-dark facial markings.