White-tipped Dove

Leptotila verreauxi

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

WTDO

Code 6

LEPVER

ITIS

Egg Color:

Creamy buff



Number of Eggs:

2



Incubation Days:

14



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

In a dense bush, vine, or tree.



Nest Material:

Sticks, twigs of grass, fibers and weed stems.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

White-tipped Dove: Medium-sized dove with gray-brown upperparts, pale gray breast, white forehead and belly, chestnut-brown underwings, and white-tipped tail. Sexes are similar.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

White-tipped Dove: Two creamy buff eggs are laid in a nest made from sticks, grass, fibers, and weed stems and built in low branch of a tree, shrub, or tangle of vines. Sometimes nests on the ground. Both parents incubate eggs for about 14 days.

Foraging and Feeding

White-tipped Dove: Eats seeds, prickly pear cactus, grass, cultivated grains, and large insects; forages on the ground.

Vocalization

White-tipped Dove: Song is a low, hollow cooing, "ooh-oohoooooooooooooo", similar to blowing across the top of a bottle.

Similar Species

White-tipped Dove: Mourning Dove has pink-gray forehead and throat, gray underparts, and long, pointed tail with white tips on all but central tail feathers. White-winged Dove has white crescents across wings.

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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