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Ruddy Ground-Dove

Columbina talpacoti

Ruddy Ground-Dove
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Length: 7 in. (17 cm)
Apparently expanding its range rapidly from northern Mexico into the southwest, it now nests regularly in small numbers in Arizona. Often found in small flocks, it also associates regularly with Inca Dove flocks in open country, cattle feed yards, woodland edges, cultivated fields and even city centers, such as Phoenix. It feeds on the ground and eats seeds, berries and a few insects. It also often spends periods in the middle of the day and nighttime roosting with other doves in low bushes and dense trees. The loosely constructed nest of twigs and grass is placed on the ground or low in a bush. The four-digit banding code is RUGD.
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Male
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Female
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Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

Urban city
Urban city

Agricultural
Agricultural

Savanna
Savanna

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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