Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ringed Turtle Dove

Mourning Doves are very common here on our property, so I was surprised to see this unusual-looking dove in the mix along with House Finches, Scrub Jays, California Towhees, bunnies and squirrels, all feeding on the birdseed that I had tossed out for the ground feeders. It was larger and paler than the Mourning Doves and also had a distinctive half collar around its neck.  All IDs pointed to Ringed Turtle Dove, which is very similar to (and even interbreeds with) the Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto), but has white, not gray, undertail coverts and wing tips. A cool sighting and also lifer for me. 

4/22/16 Ringed Turtle Dove (Streptopelia risoria) eating birdseed under one of our bird feeders.

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