Living Bird Magazine
White-tipped DoveLeptotila verreauxi
- ORDER: Columbiformes
- FAMILY: Columbidae
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.More ID Info
- Paloma Montaraz Común (Spanish)
- Colombe de Verreaux (French)
- 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.
- The oldest recorded White-tipped Dove was at least 9 years, 1 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Texas in 2016. It had been banded in the same state in 2008.