Friday, June 1, 2012

Inca Dove

Inca Doves are another Mexican and Central American species moving north. Although currently seldom seen north of Texas, records even exist from the Dakotas. These far-northern birds may be escapes from migrant farm laborers. Inca doves, however, are not cold-tolerant. They are known to roost in a pyramid, up to a dozen birds in rows of two or three on top of one another.

Erika took this photograph at the Bentson State Park near Mission, Texas. The scaly appearance to the back and the long tail differentiate it from the Common Ground Dove, which we also saw in the area.

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