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Inca Dove

Columbina inca

Despite the name, the Inca Dove’s range does not meet the range of the former South American empire. Rather, its range more closely meets the Mayan or Aztec empire’s former occupancy in Mexico and the American Southwest. These warm weather loving birds will huddle closely in temperatures below 40°F, even stacking themselves into small pyramids.

If only given a quick or partial view, this small dove might be mistaken for a Common Ground Dove. Both birds show a scaled or scalloped head, neck and breast, but the Inca Dove takes the look to a whole new level, with scaled patterns extending over most of its body.

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