White-winged Dove

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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6-20-10

Taken in Tucson, Arizona using a Canon Powershot SX10IS

This large, conspicuous dove is common in southwestern deserts, brush-lands, canyons, and foothills. It forages in trees and cacti for fruit and eats at feeders.

A desert inhabitant, will fly more than 20 miles in order to reach a source of water – whether a natural source, such as a stream, or a man-made source.

In flight courtship display consist of males clapping his wings as he rises, then desceding on stiff wings.

VOICE A memorable rrro-hoo-hooo-hooo (who cooks for you) on one pitch; also syncopated short coo notes followed by longer hoos alternately rising and falling.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Although the White-winged Dove is most commonly found in Arizona and the southwest, its range is expanding nation-wide and into parts of Canada.
  • In Florida breeding occurs only in introduced populations.
  • A group of doves has many collective nouns, including a “bevy”, “cote”, “dole”, “dule”, and “flight” of doves.

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