This species has historically been rare, although the reasons behind this apparent rarity are not understood. Recent records are from only three locations suggesting the population is very small and fragmented.
The Blue-eyed Ground-dove is a small, brownish dove that has a bright rufous (red)-brown colouring on head, neck, breast, rump and wings and dark blue spots on wings with blue irises.
The main threat to this species is the massive destruction of the Brazillian cerrado – a vast tropical savanna – for agriculture.
The Blue-eyed Ground dove range is inside a protected area Serra das Araras Ecological Station and national parks cover relatively large areas of potentially suitable habitat but searches in 2010 failed to find this species. Further surveys to determine the size of the population and to determine an action plan are required.
- Order: Columbiformes
- Family: Columbidae
- Trend: decreasing
- Size: 15.5cm
This species occurs in Brazil.
Habitat and Ecology
Not much is known about the Blue-Eyed Ground-dove lives in grasslands and has been observed in rice fields. This species is terrestrial and live singly or in pairs.