Inca Dove

Columbina inca
(Scardafella inca)

Inca Doves Photo © by Michael Plagens

These doves are feeding on Bermuda grass seed spikes, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Nov. 2016.

Even though these birds are very familiar in all of Arizona's desert cities, they are absent from natural desert areas. They are dependent upon the watered lawns and agriculture that people create. The long dark tail has white outer feathers and there is a rich tawny patch in each wing. Also the back and chest have a unique scalloped pattern.

Through the hot summer days Inca Dove seem never to stop calling their plaintive, two-note coo. One very hot day a few years ago (temp > 45°C) I found quite a number dead apparently from heat exhaustion.

Year-round Resident - Spring/Summer Breeder

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 02 Feb. 2002,
updated 30 Nov. 2016.