Sunday, March 2, 2014

Galapagos Dove

As is the case with many island birds, Galapagos Doves are relatively tame. They are more more wary now than in Darwin's time, when they readily approached human intruders. They even perched on people. Hunters easily harvested the doves with sticks and dozens could be killed one time. Now populations are mostly holding their own and they are tolerant of human modification of their environment. Threats to their numbers include feral cats and avian diseases brought to the islands by introduced birds (such as pigeons) (Birds of the World, Alive). Erika and I took this photograph in the Galapagos Islands in 1976.

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