Inca Dove

Columbina inca

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

INDO

Code 6

COLINC

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2 - 7



Incubation Days:

12 - 15



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

5 - 20 feet above ground., Low in a tree or bush.



Nest Material:

Lined with grass., Twigs, stems, leaves.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Inca Dove: Small dove with scaled, pale gray-brown upperparts, white throat, and scaled, pale buff (often with pink wash) underparts. Tail is long and squared with a black-bordered gray center and edged in white. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Inca Dove: This species is a resident across the southern U.S. from southern California and Nevada east to Louisiana and south throughout Mexico. Frequents open country with scattered trees or scrubby growth, generally in arid or semi-arid locations around cultivated areas, farmlands, parks, and gardens.

Breeding and Nesting

Inca Dove: Two to seven white eggs are laid in a nest made of twigs, stems, and leaves, lined with grass, and built from 5 to 20 feet above the ground in a tree or shrub. Incubation ranges from 12 to 15 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Inca Dove: Eats small dried seeds; forages on the ground.

Vocalization

Inca Dove: Song is a monotonous, fluted "coe-coo", "whoo-oo-whoo", or "no-hope"; also "cut-cut-ca-doo-ca-doo."

Similar Species

Inca Dove: Common Ground-dove is shorter-tailed, has dark spots on wings, and only appears scaled on head and breast.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X