Pigeon Like

Ruddy Ground-Dove

Columbina talpacoti
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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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Female | Oliver Niehuis


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Bird Sound Type: Hooting
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Ruddy Ground-Dove
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: July 15, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/ruddy-ground-dove

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Ruddy Ground-Dove. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved July 15, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/ruddy-ground-dove

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Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Ruddy Ground-Dove". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/ruddy-ground-dove

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Dr. Biology. "Ruddy Ground-Dove". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 15 Jul 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/ruddy-ground-dove

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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