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The black-winged ground dove (Metriopelia melanoptera) inhabits temperate zones in a variety of South American countries. It ranges from Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia and Argentina. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland. It is migratory – migrating to lower elevations in winter and even to coastal areas. The black-winged ground dove has some unusual and unique differences compared to other doves. When it flies, air rushes through its flights — making a whistle-like sound. Perhaps the most endearing quality is the way this dove calls. It does not coo like most of its kin. The male chirps when calling the hen. The chirping is short and low key. The hen does not chirp in return.
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