Pale-vented Pigeon (Patagioenas cayennensis) in the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown, Guyana (Photo by Kester Clarke







The pale-vented pigeon (Patagioenas cayennensis) is found in the tropical Americas. Adult males have a mainly dull purple head, breast and upperpart plumage, with copper glossing on the nape and a whitish throat. The lower back and tail are dark grey and the lower underparts are pale grey. The bill is black and the legs, iris and eyering are red. The female is similar, but duller than the male, and immatures are greyish-brown, very dull, and mainly greyish brown.

The pale-vented pigeon feeds mainly on small fruits, berries and seed. This is a fairly solitary bird, but may form small flocks at drinking areas.


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