Bare-faced Ground-dove Metriopelia ceciliae
Chilean name: Tórtolita boliviana
Bare-faced Ground-dove, Putre, Chile, January 2007 - click for larger image Putre, Chile
January 2007

The Bare-faced Ground-dove is distributed in the Andes of Peru and Bolivia to northern Chile and north-west Argentina. It is found in puna usually between 2,000m and 4,000m.

It is a slim-looking ground-dove that is often seen in the rather upright stance of this photo. The most noticeable feature is the large orange-yellow patch of bare skin round the eye. Note also the spangling on the back and wings.

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