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White Wing Dove

Zenaida asiatica

Description:

White wing dove has a orange eyes and blue eyes shadow. They have a brown body and a black streak in their cheeks. One of their unique appearance is the white stripe on the edge of their wing. Which give them this common name.

Habitat:

They usually found in desert habitat in the Southwest and suburbs of Texas, in cities, the coastal Southeast and backyard.

Notes:

They can swallow water without moving their heads and they use a secretion from the esophagus, known as crop milk, to feed nestlings. Both parents may consume snails and bone fragments to help their bodies create the nutritious fluid.Although the White-winged Dove is mostly resident in the Southwest, it is expanding its range, and individuals can be found far afield. White-winged Doves have been seen from Alaska to Ontario, Maine, Newfoundland. It usually eats fruits and large seeds from plants like panic grass, spurge,bristle grass, Chinese tallow, lime prickly-ash, Mexican jumping beans,leather weed, brasil, privet, ocotillo, pigeon berry, and saguaro. White-winged Doves may eat snails and bone fragments as a source of calcium. They also consume small stones to help pulverize plant material in their gizzards.

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Houston, Texas, USA

Lat: 29.71, Long: -95.60

Spotted on May 29, 2014
Submitted on May 29, 2014

Spotted for mission

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