WHITE-WINGED DOVE


Zenaida asiatica


Description:

Feeds on cacti fruit, seeds, and berries. The White-winged Dove is an important pollinator and seed disperser for the giant saguaro cacti of the Sonoran Desert.


Appearance:

Pale gray-brown plumage. Darker brown primaries. Long, white wing stripe. Red eye surrounded by pale blue, teardrop-shaped orbital ring. Black mark on face below the eye. Long, black bill. Long, dark brown tail with white corners. Rounded, fan-shaped tail. Pink-reddish legs. Sexes similar. 11 to 12 inches in length.


Habitat:

Desert scrub.


Nesting:

2 cream-buff colored eggs. They have an incubation period of 13-14 days. Fledging occurs 13-16 days after hatching. The nest is flimsy and made from sticks. It is built low in a bush or mesquite. Both parents incubate the eggs.


Observed Locations:

  • Agua Caliente Campground, Anza Borrego State Park





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