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Zenaida Doves

Zenaida Doves in Sint Maarten.

The Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita) is a member of the bird family Columbidae, which includes doves and pigeons. It is the national bird of Anguilla, where it is commonly (but erroneously) referred to as a Turtle Dove. It lays two white eggs on a flimsy platform built on a tree or shrub. It also nests in rock crevices and on grassy vegetation if no predators are present. It has been recorded that some birds have up to 4 broods per year. Eggs take approximately two weeks to hatch, and the young chicks typically fledge after only two weeks in the nest. Parents feed the young pigeon’s milk, a nutrient-rich substance regurgitated from its crop.

Zenaida Dove

Zenaida Dove in Sint Maarten.

The bird is resident and abundant over much of its range. Zenaida Doves are commonly hunted as a game bird. The Zenaida Dove is approximately 28–30 cm (11–12 in) in length. It looks very similar to the Mourning Dove, but is smaller in size, has a shorter, more rounded tail, and is a bit more darkly colored. It is also distinguished from the Mourning Dove by showing white on the trailing edge of its wings while in flight. The Mourning Dove does not have the white trailing edge. [Wikipedia]

Zenaida Doves

Zenaida Doves in Sint Maarten.




10 comments on “Zenaida Dove

  1. rugby843 says:

    What cuties, and I love doves in general. Does that make me a loveydovey?😂

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  2. rugby843 says:

    I entered your name in the 7 days 7b&w photo challenge. No people, no explanation. Challenge someone new each day. Details below:

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    1. Thank you. I will try my best to participate.


      1. rugby843 says:

        Ok, no pressure

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      2. Yeah, I am much busier these days.


  3. They look so much like my mourning doves coming to my backyard and make the nest, lay eggs, and hatch baby chicks. They know that I feed them. If I go quietly, they won’t fly away!

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    1. They do look like Mourning Doves. There are a bevy of Mourning Doves that frequent my balcony. I love having them.

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      1. Yes, My mourning dove remember my backyard, and came back after winter!

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  4. petchary says:

    I see these every day in my yard. They spend a lot of time feeding on the ground. And sunbathing on the lawn. 😉

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