The Inca Dove is primarily
associated with urban areas of the southwest U.S., as they've learned to take
advantage of the free handouts often provided by humans. In the U.S. part of
their range, they are actually quite uncommon outside of urban settings.
It is doubtful that they occurred in the United States before human settlement,
and their range is continuing to expand to the north.
Habitat: Primarily found around human
dwellings in the United States part of its range, including suburban areas,
farms, and parks. Will also occasionally use riparian areas.
Diet: Feeds primarily on seeds. Will also
sometimes eat fruit, especially the fruit of cactii.
Behavior: Nearly always forages on the ground.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: Sad gentle
Migration: Primarily a permanent resident, but some wander
northward in the fall and winter.
Conservation Status: Abundant throughout much of its normal
range, and expanding their range to the north.
Bird Feeders: Will attend feeders for various seeds.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Inca Dove"
-- Inca Dove
Photo Information: December 2010 - Near Tucson, Arizona
- Terry Sohl
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