DOVES & PIGEONS
|Basically, there is no difference between doves and pigeons. According to John Tveten, "For the most part, however, "pigeon" is used for the larger species; "dove," for the smaller. All have plump, muscular bodies and small, rounded heads that bob back and forth as they walk. Strong fast fliers, the larger species are popular as game birds.."|
|The Inca Dove is only 8 inches long (less than 2 ounces!). His feathers have dark edges, making them look like scales.||Originally found in the Rio Grande/south Texas areas, this bird has moved as far north as Austin.|
|The Mourning Dove,
a beautiful bird, is the most frequently hunted bird in America.
According to the Cornell lab, "The song (or “perch-coo”) is given mainly by unmated males from a conspicuous perch. It’s a soft coo-oo followed by two or three louder coos."
Frankly, it looks like a bird with a
|Common Ground Dove|
|Common Ground Dove - This is a tiny dove (6"), that looks a bit like an Inca dove in the front, and a mourning dove in back! He lives in South Texas, in the brushy rangeland area.|
|White-tipped Dove - About the size of a mourning dove, this bird can be found nowhere else in the U.S. (lower Rio Grande Valley to Argentina). He's very shy and hard to photograph.|
- There used to be several million in the lower Rio Grande around 1900,
but with the clearing of land and hunting contests to see who could kill
the most, their population declined.
This bird is found in the southern part of Texas. It looks like a mourning dove, but has large white wing patches, and a shorter tail with white edges.
to have originated around India, the striking Eurasian Collared-Dove
was introduced to the Bahamas in the 1970's, and is now spreading throughout the U.S.,
greatly due to it's being kept a household pet and escaping into the wild.
|Rock Dove or Rock Pigeon|
|This bird is
commonly referred to as just "pigeon," the Rock Dove (or Rock
Pigeon). Escaped domestic pigeons have produced what we generall see as
the feral pigeon.
The true Rock Pigeon's wings are pale gray with two black bars on each wing. Their lower back is white.
This is a photo of a feral pigeon.