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Distribution / Habitat
It breeds throughout the West Indies, Central America, and tropical South America. It has appeared as a vagrant in Florida and southern Texas.
This bird is found in woodland and scrub forest. It also has adapted to coffee plantations. It is somewhat sensitive to forest fragmentation.
Breeding / Nesting
It lays two buff colored eggs on a flimsy platform built on a shrub. Some nests are built on the ground.
Diet / Feeding
These birds forage on the ground, mainly eating seeds. It will also take small invertebrates in its diet. Ruddy Quail-Doves feed primarily on the ground.
The Ruddy Quail-Dove is approximately 19-28 cm in length.
The bird is distinguished by having a rust colored back, facial mask and similarly colored wings. The breast, rump and undereye stripe are lighter brown.
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