Ruddy Ground Dove

Columbina talpacoti

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

RUGD

Code 6

COLTAL

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2



Incubation Days:

12



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

In trees or shrub., 3 - 35 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Twigs, grass.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Ruddy Ground Dove: Small dove with rufous upperparts, pale pink-gray underparts, and pale gray head. Wings are rufous with black spots. Female has gray-brown crown, nape, and upperparts, and gray face, neck, and underparts.

Range and Habitat

Ruddy Ground Dove: Found in Mexico, especially coastal regions, Central America, and most of South America to northern Chile and Argentina. Casual to California and the southwest, particularly during the winter months. Preferred habitats include woodlands, gardens, cultivated fields, marshlands, and forest edges.

Breeding and Nesting

Ruddy Ground Dove: Two white eggs are laid in a nest made of twigs and grass, and built from 3 to 35 feet above the ground in a tree or bush. Incubation ranges from 12 to 13 days and is carried out by both parents (female at night, male during the day).

Foraging and Feeding

Ruddy Ground Dove: Eats seeds and berries; forages on the ground.

Vocalization

Ruddy Ground Dove: Call is a soft "per-woop, per-woop", "wooh" or "woop."

Similar Species

Ruddy Ground Dove: Common Ground Dove has black bill with pink base, brown upperparts, and pink-brown underparts.

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X