White-Tipped Dove

Leptotila verreauxi

In the USA, the White-Tipped Dove appears only in south Texas, but it is the most numerous dove in the Americas. Outside of southern Texas these birds range south through the eastern and western coastal slopes of Mexico, Central America and much of South America.

These birds spend a lot of their time wandering over the ground through dense undergrowth, foraging on seeds, fruits, and insects. Laguna Atascosa provided my only meetings with White-Tipped Doves during my sojourn to South Texas this spring. Before I laid eyes on them, I heard their strange moaning calls. Not being familiar with this species, it took me a while to link the sounds to these doves. During my second trip to Texas in the winter of early 2021, I found them at several other locations in south Texas.

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