Saturday, June 28, 2014

Inca Dove

Mueller and Mueller (2014) write, “During the day...[Inca Doves] alternate feeding, loafing, and sunning.” Last February, this Inca Dove, from just north of Edinburg, Texas, seems to be partaking in the latter two behaviors. Field marks for this species include the long tail and the scaly-looking body.

Inca Doves are found in the southwestern United State south to northern Central America. In the past 100 years, the species has spread both north and south. Originally birds of arid land, they have readily adapted to suburban habitats, taking advantage of water and bird feeders. See also my 2012 post on Inca Doves.

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