Columbiformes (Doves)

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Columbidae: Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

Rock pigeons on overhead cable
Albuquerque, January 2022

Okay, okay. I'll include a picture of pigeons. But just one.

 

Columbidae: Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)

This non-native species is now common in New Mexico. Listen for a call that reminds you of a soft-spoken crow.

 

Columbidae: White-Winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

To distinguish sitting birds of this species, first look for the white edges to the folded wings. Once these doves take flight, the strips of white become large patches. White-winged doves are native to New Mexico but arrived in Albuquerque only recently.


Columbidae: Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

My February 2021 photo shows a grooming pair. During my picture one of the Mourning Doves grooms the other. A moment later the favor was returned.