Picazuro Pigeon

Picazuro Pigeon
Picazuro Pigeon
In Buenos Aires, Argentina
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Patagioenas
Species: P. picazuro
Binomial name
Patagioenas picazuro
Temminck, 1813
Estimated range of Patagioenas picazuro in blue.

The Picazuro Pigeon (Patagioenas picazuro) is a common pigeon native to South America.



Patagioenas picazuro is a brown bird with white dashes on the back of its neck and darker brown wing patterns. It is similar in appearance to the Spotted Dove.


The Picazuro Pigeon is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. It has an estimated global extent of occurrence of 5,800,000 km² and although an accurate population count has not taken place, it is believed that the species is common and the population is thought to be increasing. Picazuro Pigeons survive in a variety of habitats; from woodland and forest to agricultural land.


This species feeds mainly on the ground and like most other pigeons eats seeds and grain.


Picazuro Pigeons nest in every month of the year. A fragile nest is built from sticks and one egg is laid. Both parents incubate the egg. Once the egg has hatched, the chick is fed on crop milk and then regurgitated seeds.


  • [1] BirdLife International 2009. Patagioenas picazuro. In: IUCN 2009. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 January 2010.
  • InfoNatura: Birds, mammals, and amphibians of Latin America [web application]. 2004. Version 4.1 . Arlington, Virginia (USA): NatureServe. Available: [2]. (Accessed: April 7, 2007 ).

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