Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (nesting)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (nesting)

Smaller than a mourning dove, they have an orange-colored bill with a black tip and when they take flight, you can see the underside of the wings is pinkish. The most distinguishing characteristic would be the scales on the neck.

Learn: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Ground-Dove/id

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SALTBUSH (Baccharis sp.)

grounddoveeggsSaltbushMay2015

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20130926055337/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/ready-made-nest-common-ground-dove.html

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5 comments
  1. These are probably what I saw all over Cedar Key as they have a slightly different call than the mourning doves I know from the Northeast. They sound so much happier and sing “Whoo hoo!” – at least that’s what it sounded like to me.

    • Loret said:

      I’m going to have to pay closer attention to their call. I have so many Mourning doves around that I can’t say that I could differentiate the two. Now I will listen more closely. Thanks for stopping by Kathy 🙂

    • Loret said:

      Thanks Charlie! I was thinking that the nest was a little “skimpy”. Doesn’t really have much structure, but seems to be doing the job.

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