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Each bird must sing with his own throat.

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Common Ground Dove

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Common Ground Dove

The Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) is a small New World tropical dove. It is a resident breeder from Aruba, Bermuda, through the southmost United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, to South America, and is found as far south as northern Brazil.

Common Ground Doves are one of the world’s smallest pigeons, with a length of 17 centimeters (6.5 inches), wingspan of 7.5 cm (10.5 in) and mass of 31 grams (1.1 ounces).

Identification Tips:
• Length: 5.5 inches, wingspan 10.5 in
• Small, chunky dove
• Black-tipped orange bill
• Gray-brown back and upperwings
• Breast and head scaly
• Black spotting on wing coverts
• Cinnamon inner webs of primaries visible in flight, and occasionally at rest
• Cinnamon wing linings
• Short tail is slightly rounded at tip
• Tail is brown centrally, with black edges and white corners
• Juvenile similar to adult female

Adult male:
• Pinkish-buff head, neck and breast
• Pinkish unscaled belly
• Blue hindneck and nape

Adult female:
• Pale gray head, neck, nape, and breast
• Gray unscaled belly

Common Ground Doves feed mainly on seeds, but do eat some insects.



Each bird must sing with his own throat.

By Henrik Ibsen


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