Rudy Ground-Dove

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Common Name: Ruddy-ground Dove
Scientific Name: Columbina talpacoti

Size: 6½ –7 inches (17 cm)

Habitat: North & South America; Mexico south to Peru, Brazil and Paraguay, and northern Argentina, and on Trinidad and Tobago. Individual birds can sometimes be seen in southwestern USA, from southern Texas to southernmost California, primarily during the winter months. Found in scrub and other open country, including cultivated areas.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: Unknown. Common and widespread throughout its range.

Diet: Seeds

Nesting: Males are rufous with grey heads while females are more gray-rufous without the sharp color contrast from body to headIt builds a solid cup-shaped stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs. Incubation is 12–13 days with another 12–14 days to fledging. There can be a second or third brood if conditions are favorable.

Cool Facts: As with most doves, the Ruddy-ground is a very fast flier with regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings. The call is a soft cooing “cur-WOO”. Males frequently challenge each other, and brief fights ensue.

This species has adapted to environmental changes brought by humans and is not easily frighten by close contact to man.


Found in Songbird Remix Amazon

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