GALAPAGOS DOVE FACTS

  • Scientific Name:
    Zenaida galapagoensis
  • Family:
    Columbidae
  • Length:
    18 - 23 cm (7 - 9 in)
Galapagos Dove

Pigeons and doves are small to medium-sized, rather plump birds with small heads which are bobbed back and forth when they are walking. They have relatively small, straight bills and short legs. In flight, pigeons and doves are fast and direct with rapid wingbeats. The sexes are alike and immature plumages resemble adult plumage.

Identification:

Unmistakable; the only dove likely to be encountered away from human habitation. ADULT: Head, neck and breast reddish-brown, belly buffish. Distinctive pattern on ear-coverts: a white stripe bordered by black lines. Iridescent bronze-green patch on side of neck. Scapulars and wing-coverts black-sported with white edging. Eye-ring bright blue; legs red. JUVENILE: Similar to adult but plumage generally duller.

Behavior:

Often very confiding.

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