White-tipped Dove

Leptotila verreauxi

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

WTDO

Code 6

LEPVER

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The White-tipped Dove has an an enormous range reaching up to around 13 million square kilometers. This bird can be found throughout much of South America and Central America as well as areas of the Caribbean, including Argentina, Aruba, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. This species demonstrates a preference for forests and shrublands including both tropical and subtropical environments. It also can be found in pastureland and areas of deforestation. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around between 5 and 50 million individual birds. Currently, it is not believed that the population trends for this bird will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the White-tipped Dove have a present evaluation of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

White-tipped Dove: Medium dove, gray-brown upperparts, pale gray breast, white forehead and belly, chestnut-brown underwings, white-tipped tail. Black bill, red legs and feet. Feeds mainly from the ground. Walks on ground in dense understory. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

White-tipped Dove: Distributed from southern Texas through Central America to most of tropical and sub-tropical South America east of the Andes. Inhabits the mid-strata level in deciduous and semi-deciduous broad leaf forests, second-growth scrubs, savannas, and understories of dense shady woodlands.

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White-tipped Dove SONGS AND CALLS

White-tipped Dove C1

Song is a low cooing similar to blowing across the top of a bottle.

White-tipped Dove C2

Song variation, "prrr-prrr-prrr-poooo".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"ooh-oohoooooooooooooo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The White-tipped Dove was first described in 1855 by Charles Bonaparte, a French naturalist and ornithologist who was the nephew of Napoleon.
  • Although named for the white tips on the outer edges of their tails, these tips are not always easy to see unless these doves are in flight.
  • The species name of this bird commemorates the French naturalists Jules and Edouard Verreaux.
  • A group of doves has many collective nouns, including a "bevy", "cote", "dole", "dule", and "flight" of doves.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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