Common Bronzewings are medium-sized, heavily built pigeons. The male has a yellow-white forehead and pinkish breast. Both sexes have a clear white line below and around the eye and irridescent patches in the wing, characteristic of all bronzewings. The Common Bronzewing is a cautious pigeon, and rarely allows close approach. If startled, it flies away with a clatter, keeping low to the ground while moving in a steady, direct manner. Young Common Bronzewings are duller and browner than the adults. The metallic wing patch is absent or not easily seen.