Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53794

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Columbiformes
Family:Columbidae
Genus:Zenaida
Genus species:Zenaida asiatica

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:30 cm
Identification:The plumage of the white-winged dove is brownish-gray. Their wings are black with a broad diagonal white bar. Its tail is rounded with whitish corners.
Habitat:Rivers, woodlands, urban areas, deserts
Diet:Herbivore: fruit, cactus, nectar, seeds
Reproduction:Nesting may be done in colonies. Each pair lays 1-4 eggs, which are incubated 13-14 days before hatching. Both parents help care for the chicks, feeding them 'pigeon's milk' . A breeding pair may have two to three broods each year.
Behavior:White-winged doves forage on the ground and in the trees. They migrate further south in September, returning in March.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Chicks are fed a substance called 'pigeon's milk.' This liquid is produced in the parent's crop (enlarged pocket of the upper esophagus). The walls of the crop secrete the fluid which is rich in protein and fat. When feeding their chicks, parents regurgitate the milk and any food that they have collected.

Other Information

Geographic:Southwestern United States Date:1958-1988 Subjects:pigeon-like bird
White-winged dove
Zenaida
Columbidae
Columbiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53794