photo by Phil Swanson
L 6 1/2″ (17 cm).
Song or calls:
Soft ascending “wah-up.”
Description: Plumage has scaly appearence. Short, black tail; large black spots on wings; orange bill with black tip; and rufous primaries that are most conspicous in flight. Male has blue crown; purplish wash on face, neck, and breast; and brown mantle. Female is more uniform, with a brownish-gray mantle and pale gray underparts; lacks blue crown.
Habitat: Forages on open ground in mesquite, brushy rangelands, and on roadsides.
Where in Nebraska: Hypothetical. Reportedly seen in Lincoln, Lancaster County in 1976, and at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in 1979.
Field Notes: One of the world’s smallest pigeons
Fun Facts: An incredibly fast flier.