Tuesday, October 14, 2014

White-Winged Dove

The white-winged dove has a distinctive white wing patch which is visible on the fore-part of the wing when it is not in flight. It has a patch of blue featherless skin around the eye, bright crimson eyes, and a long dark mark on the lower part of the head. It is brown/gray above, gray below and its feet and legs are pink or red. 
White-winged dove in Palm Desert.
The white-winged dove was originally found in the southwestern U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, but it has expanded its range through Texas, Louisiana, coastal Mississippi, Kansas, Arkansas,Oklahoma and northern New Mexico. It has also been introduced in Florida. 

This particular male was photographed a number of years ago in Palm Desert. 

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