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White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica


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White-winged Dove
credit: Dick Daniels/CCSA

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Family: Columbidae, Pigeons and Doves view all from this family

Description ADULT Gray-brown overall, with a pinkish flush most evident on neck and breast. Bill is dark, legs are reddish, and note black crescent below eye, which has red iris and blue orbital skin. In flight, white outer margins to upper wing coverts contrast with blackish outer wing. JUVENILE Similar, but with less striking wing markings and subdued colors and markings on head.

Dimensions Length: 12" (30 cm)

Habitat Mainly Central American species with toehold in parts of southern U.S., favoring arid scrub and adjacent farmland. Locally common summer visitor, but present year-round in southern Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Observation Tips Easy to see in suitable arid habitats.

Range Rocky Mountains, Texas, California, Florida, Southeast, Southwest

Voice Series of owl-like cooing calls is sometimes rendered as "who cooks for you."

Discussion Compact and proportionately plump, arid-country dove. Forms flocks, especially outside breeding season, easily recognized in flight by white, crescent-shaped mark on upper wings; white tip to tail is most obvious when fanned, on takeoff and landing. Sexes are similar.