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.


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


My take:


  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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