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Common Ground-Dove

Columbina passerina

This bird inhabits the southern United States, parts of Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. The Common Ground Dove is perhaps the smallest dove that inhabits the United States.

Called the “ground-dove” for good reason, these birds forage on the ground, eating several thousand seeds a day. They nest and spend most of their time on the ground. This makes them vulnerable from a wide variety of predators.

Science has divided this species into 15 subspecies, including the Socorro Ground-Dove, which I met on our first afternoon on Isla Socorro when on our February 2017 expedition to the Archipielago de Revillagigedo.

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