Tuesday, October 9, 2012

White-winged Dove

Erika took this White-winged Dove's photo near Fort Hood, Texas. Before the 1980s, this species ranged only as far north as southern regions of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Since then, it has spread north, with breeding birds found in Oklahoma. Now vagrants are seen almost annually by birders in Minnesota and the Dakotas. The reasons for this expansion include increasing agriculture and the planting of ornamental trees across the Great Plains (Schwertner et al. 2002).

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