This dove is approximately 27–31 cm in length. It is distinguished by having a dark rust colored back and similarly colored wings. It has some amethyst or bronze green iridescence on its crown, nape and in the back of its neck. The mantle, back, rump and inner wing coverts show some purplish red iridescence. It also has a bold white facial stripe.
Tropical and Subtropical dry forest, indiidual seen in Cayo Coco Cuba