The Scaled Dove is a resident of arid savanna and scrub. It occurs in two disjunct populations, one in northern South America in Venezuela and Colombia, and another that extends from northeastern Argentina north through central and eastern Brazil. The Scaled Dove has greyish-brown upperparts, pinkish-grey face and breast, white throat, and white distal wing coverts that form a conspicuous white patch on the bird's closed wings. The dove is gets its "scaled" appearance from the dark edges of the birds feathers. The Scaled Dove is typically found alone or in pairs foraging on the ground for seeds and invertebrates.