Inca dove

Inca dove
Columbina inca

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Common name:
Inca dove (en); rolinha-inca (pt); colombe inca (fr); tortolita mexicana (es); Incatäubchen (de)

Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae

This species is found from the southern United States, in south-eastern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, across Mexico and south to Costa Rica.

These birds are 18-23 cm long and weigh 30-60 g.

The Inca dove is mostly found in urban and rural areas and other human-modified habitats, but also in arid and semi-arid scrublands and woodlands and in moist tropical scrublands, from sea level up to an altitude of 3.000 m.

They forage on the ground, mainly eating seeds of grasses and weeds, agricultural grains and nuts, but also some fruits, especially from cacti.

Inca doves can breed all year round, nesting in a frail structure made of small twigs by the female. the hest is usually placed low in a tree or scrub. The female lays 2 white eggs, which are incubated by both parents fro 13-15 days. The chicks are fed crop milk by both parents and fledge 12-16 days after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a very large breeding range and this range is in fact expanding due to coexistance with humans. The population is estimated to be increasing at a rapid rate of over 30% per decade, but this information is based on surveys performed in less than half of the species global range.

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