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Pale-vented Pigeon Patagioenas cayennensis

Kayleigh Chalkowski
Version: 1.0 — Published October 4, 2013

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The haunting coo of Pale-vented Pigeon is similar to the hooting of an owl. It consists of a variable 3-6 syllables with emphasis on every second or third syllable: kuk-kuk-croo-oo (ffrench 1991). The song of Pale-vented Pigeon is similar to that of Red-billed Pigeon (Patagioenas flavirostris), which places its emphasis on the first syllable in its song (Slud 1964).

Pale-vented Pigeon also has a growl call, similar to that of other species of Patagioenas; it is described as "a rising, hoarse, hissing growl, not as loud or punctuated as Plumbeous [P. plumbea] and Ruddy [P. subvinacea] pigeons: rrhhhAHH" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Pale-vented Pigeon can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

The wings of Pale-vented Pigeon loudly "clap" on taking flight (Wetmore 1968), as is true of many species of large pigeon.

Recommended Citation

Chalkowski, K. (2013). Pale-vented Pigeon (Patagioenas cayennensis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.pavpig2.01