photo by Phil Swanson
L 11 1/2″ (29 cm).
Song or calls:
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Harsh cooing similar to a crowing rooster; likened to “who cooks for you-all.”
Description: Sexes similar. Drab brown body with large white wing patches. On sitting bird, the wing patch shows only as a thin white line. Purplish sheen on head, neck, and shoulder; tail is short and rounded.
Habitat: Usually found in dense mesquite, mature citrus groves, riparian woodlands, and suburbs.
Where in Nebraska: Rare, but increasing; spring and fall migrant; and summer and winter visitor statewide.
Status: These birds are considered game in their normal range.
Fun Facts: Although White-winged Doves are found primarily in the Southwest their range is expanding across the United States.