West peruvian dove

It is closely related to the North American White-winged Dove , but is now considered a separate species by ornithologists due to genetic and behavioral differences . Specimens are brownish-gray above and gray below, with a bold white wing patch that appears as a brilliant white crescent in flight and is also visible at rest. Adults have a bright blue , featherless patch of skin around each eye. The legs and feet of adults are red, but unlike Z. asiatica, their eyes are brown.

The West peruvian dove is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

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Order : Columbiformes
Family : Columbidae
Genus : Zenaida
Species : meloda
Authority : (Tschudi, 1843)