Ruddy Quail-Dove Geotrygon montana
Version: 1.0 — Published January 20, 2012
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Two subspecies currently recognized:
montana (Linné 1758); type locality Jamaica
This subspecies occupies almost the entirety of the range of the species, except for the Lesser Antilles. See Detailed Description.
martinica (Linné 1766); type locality Martinique
Occurs in the Lesser Antilles on Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent.
Similar to nominate montana, "but much larger and coloration darker, especially on chest" (Ridgway 1916: 476). Wing length, male, mean 151.6 mm (range 144.5-157 mm, n = 17); wing length, female, mean 148.3 mm (range 143-159 mm, n = 11) (Ridgway 1916).
The two subspecies earlier were classified as distinct species (e.g. Ridgway 1916, Peters 1937).
The genus Geotrygon appears to be at or near the base of a clade of columbids that includes all New World taxa (and some Old World genera) (Pereira et al. 2007, Johnson and Weckstein 2011). Relationships within Geotrygon have not been studied in detail.