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Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana

Zerick Kuecker, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, and Tom Johnson
Version: 1.0 — Published January 20, 2012

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of the Ruddy Quail-Dove is variously described as "a low, mournful, slightly moaning whoooo or ooooooh" (Howell and Webb 1995); as "a mournful coo gradually fading in strength and sometimes in pitch, like blowing across the mouth of a bottle" (Raffaele et al. 1998); "a soft, resonant, and moaning cooo or wooo, repeated at about 2- to 5-sec intervals" (Hilty and Brown 1986); and as "a deep, even-pitched or descending coo, dying away at the end at a pace of about a note every 3 sec" wooOOOoooo" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007).

The song typically is given from a perch "well up" in the understory, or, less frequently, is given from the ground (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Additional recordings of vocalizations of Ruddy Quail-Dove can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Kuecker, Z., C. A. Soberanes-González, C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, M. d. C. Arizmendi, and T. Johnson (2012). Ruddy Quail-Dove (Geotrygon montana), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.ruqdov.01