Campo Troupial - Icterus jamacaii
List of Birds

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in Itapajé, Ceará,
100 km from Fortaleza.

The avifauna is listed in
Birds of NE Brazil.
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Threatened species
Many species of NE Brazil are threatened by extinction. Our reserve helps to protect some of them:
Birds of NE Brazil
in Caatinga, Cerrado,
and other habitats
White-tipped Dove
Leptotila verreauxi
Juriti, juriti-pupu
Family: Columbidae

The subspecies of northeastern Brazil is Leptotila v. approximans (Pinto 1949). RPPN Mãe-da-lua.

White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi)
12/09/2008; Mãe-da-lua reserve, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. 300 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 1. Two species of Leptotila doves occur in Ceará, namely the White-tipped Dove L. verreauxi and the Gray-fronted Dove L. rufaxilla. These species look so similar to each other, that even experienced observers have difficulties to tell them apart in the field. See for example Belton 2003, and Pinto 1949, p. 301. But they can be distinguished based on their vocalizations, see here for details.

There are probably morphological differences as well (periorbital skin?), but I found the literature unconclusive, and I have not yet seen L. rufaxilla in Ceará myself. This text will be updated when more reliable information becomes available.

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White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi)
04/10/2007; Mãe-da-lua reserve, Itapajé, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 2. Tail fan in flight. The outer, ventral rectrizes are white-tipped, hence the English name White-tipped Dove. The name is not too meaningful, though, because the other species in the genus Leptotila also have white-tipped tails (Pinto 1949).

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White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi)
04/10/2007; Fazenda Canaã Pentecoste, Ceará, Brazil. 200 mm f2.8 lens.

Figure 3. White-tipped Dove taking off. The rufous color of the underside of the wings is now visible.

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