Common Ground-Dove

Columbina passerina

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

COGD

Code 6

COLPAS

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2 - 3



Incubation Days:

12 - 14



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

1 - 21 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Flimsy platform of twigs and plant fibers or little or no nest materials.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Common Ground-Dove: Small, rounded dove with plain gray-brown back and scaled pink-gray head and breast. Eyes are red and bill is orange-red with black tip. Wings show rufous primaries in flight. Tail is short. Female is duller.

Range and Habitat

Common Ground-Dove: Resident in southern parts of the United States from southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, and east from Alabama to North Carolina. Also resident in much of Mexico and throughout the West Indies. Preferred habitats include fields, gardens, farmlands, and roadsides.

Breeding and Nesting

Common Ground Dove: Two or three white eggs are laid in a nest on or close to the ground, often hidden in a tuft of grass or among weeds. Incubation ranges from 12 to 14 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Common Ground-Dove: Feeds on seeds, berries, and occasionally insects; forages on the ground.

Readily Eats

Cracked Corn, Millet, Sunflower

Vocalization

Common Ground-Dove: Makes soft cooing notes "coo-oo, coo-oo, coo-oo", each with rising inflection.

Similar Species

Common Ground-Dove: Juvenile Mourning Dove is larger, longer-tailed, and lack rufous primaries. Inca Dove is longer-tailed and scaled on upperparts and underparts.

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X