Southern Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas albilinea
(aka Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata)

Colombian name: Paloma Collareja

Band-tailed Pigeon, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
April 2012

The Southern Band-tailed Pigeon is distributed from Costa Rica south through Central America and into the Andes of South America. The HBW and Birdlife International Checklist has split this species from Northern Band-tailed Pigeon P. fasciata. The distribution map at NatureServe shows both species. It is found in the canopy of humid forest and woodland mainly between 2,000 and 3,000 metres.

Notable features are the white band across the nape with scaly metallic bronze feathers below that. The band on the tail is not visible in this photo but note the all yellow bill. In the case of the Northern Band-tailed Pigeon the bill is yellow with a black tip but the Southern Band-tailed Pigeon has an all yellow bill.

The song is a series of soft coos.

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