Common Ground-Dove

Columbina passerina

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

COGD

Code 6

COLPAS

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Common Ground-Dove is one of the world’s smallest pigeons, and resides in tropical and subtropical climates. They can be found breeding and nesting in Aruba, Bermuda, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, northern Brazil, and the southern United States such as Arizona, Texas and California. Living in warmer climates allows this species to reside permanently in it homeland. The Common Ground-Dove lives in scrub areas, fields, gardens and farmlands. This bird forages for food on the ground, and feed on seeds and small insects. Due to maintained and increasing population levels, the Common Ground-Dove has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

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. The wings show rufous primaries in flight. Tail is short. Legs and feet are pink. Forages on ground. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats.

 

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.

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Common Ground-Dove SONGS AND CALLS

Common Ground-Dove A1

Song is a series of soft cooing notes, "coo-oo, coo-oo" with a rising inflection.

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Voice Text

"coo-oo, coo-oo, coo-oo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Common Ground Doves are one of the world's smallest pigeons.
  • They are rapidly becoming less common in Florida due to ongoing habitat destruction.
  • A group of doves has many collective nouns, including a "bevy", "cote", "dole", "dule", and "flight" of doves.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Chris Vest

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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.
CereX
Also called the operculum, it is a smooth and featherless patch of skin located where the beak attaches to the forehead.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X