Inca DoveColumbina inca

adult
Greg Lasley/VIREO
adult
Sid & Shirley Rucker/VIREO
adult male and female
Greg Lasley/VIREO
Inca Dove

Description

8" (20 cm). A tiny long-tailed dove with a scaly gray body and contrasting rufous in the wings.

Voice

A soft coo-coo or no-hope, often repeated.

Listen

captives calling
song

Habitat

Mesquite thickets or cacti in semiarid country; also parks, yards, and ranches.

Range

Resident in southeastern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and southern Texas. Also in tropics.

Discussion

This tiny bird is shaped much like a Common Ground-Dove except for its long pointed tail. Perhaps because both of these species are too small to be considered game, they show little fear of humans; the Inca Dove is so tame it nests in city parks and gardens.

Nesting

2 white eggs in a frail nest, usually of small twigs, placed low in a tree or bush.

Similar Species

adult male Western

Common Ground-Dove

6 1/2" (17 cm). A sparrow-sized, short-tailed brown dove with much rufous in the wings. Tail dark with white corners.

adult male

Ruddy Ground-Dove

6.5-7" (17-18 cm). W. 16 1/2-18" (42-45 cm). A small, short-tailed dove with prominent rufous primaries visible in flight.

adult

White-tipped Dove

12" (30 cm). Brown with whitish forehead, belly, and tail tips; chestnut wing linings.

Vireo

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