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White-tipped Dove

Leptotila verreauxi ORDER: COLUMBIFORMES FAMILY: COLUMBIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A secretive bird of the Neotropics, the White-tipped Dove reaches the northern edge of its range in southern Texas. It spends most of its time foraging inconspicuously on the ground, occasionally bursting into the air with noisy wingbeats and distinctive flashes of chestnut color under the wings.

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At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
9.8–12.2 in
25–31 cm
Weight
3.5–8.1 oz
99–230 g
Other Names
  • White-fronted Dove (English)
  • Colombe de Verreaux (French)
  • Paloma arroyera (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • The White-tipped Dove is more aggressive than other doves, often chasing other White-tipped Doves while foraging on the ground.
  • Unlike other doves and pigeons, the White-tipped Dove keeps its nest extremely clean.
  • As many as 13 or 14 subspecies of White-tipped Dove are recognized across its range.

Habitat


Open Woodland

Found in riparian areas, open woodlands, coffee and banana plantations, gardens, and fields.

Food


Seeds

Seeds, fruits, and some invertebrates.

Nesting

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size
1–3 eggs
Egg Description
Cream-colored and unmarked.
Condition at Hatching
Naked except for bristly feather tips. Bill is pinkish brown with a black band and a white tip.
Nest Description

A shallow bowl of thick twigs, placed in low tree.

Nest Placement

Tree

Behavior


Ground Forager

Forages on the ground. Sometimes visits feeders.

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

May be declining in Texas.

Credits

  • Hogan, K. M. 1999. White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi). In The Birds of North America, No. 436 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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