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Ah! The Dove. Let's talk about the dove (Be patient now, we'll get to the deterrant part of this lesson). In our area, four are more common: the Inca Dove, the Mourning Dove, the White Winged Dove and the Pigeon or Rock Dove (pictured, in order, below).
For many of us, the Inca Dove* is the lesser known, rarely seen dove. They are small (about 8"), have a 'scaled' pattern on their wings and tend to feed on the ground. The Mourning Dove* is so named for its mournful call. It can get up to 12" long, has a gray-brown color and eats mostly from the ground, but has been seen on tray feeders and some other bird feeders. The White Winged Dove* is a larger migrant (11", though they seem bigger than the Mourning Dove) that 'winters' in southern areas like Mexico. They have been seen in Tucson as early as March through as late as September; and there are reports of some staying around all year. The Rock Dove* or Pigeon (13") is a year-round resident seen in the city area, in parks and in backyards. They are ground feeders and will feed from bird feeders if possible.
Of the four, the Mourning, White Winged and Rock Doves are sometimes seen as annoyances on bird feeders and in backyards (although many people really enjoy these birds), mostly because they tend to hog the seed from the smaller song birds, gather in large groups under feeders and 'poop' all over. What to do?
*(Source: Stokes Field Guide to Birds, Western Region)
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