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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

General Description: White-winged Doves (Zenaida asiatica) are sexually monomorphic doves of the deserts south of Nevada. White-wings are about the size (actually a tad larger) and shape of a Mourning Dove, but with a large white wing patch that shows in flight. At rest, the wing patch appears to be a white bar on the leading edge of the folded wing. White-wing Doves have a square tail with a broad white band across the tip.

Taxonomy: Columbiformes, Columbidae.

Favored Habitat: Deserts, riparian areas, and towns in the Sonoran Desert and points south. In recent years, venturing into the Mojave Desert.

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

Where to Find: White-winged Doves are most common south and east of Las Vegas; look for them in Arizona and along the lower Colorado River south of Nevada. Historically, White-wings rarely showed up in Las Vegas, but now they are quite common, at least during summer, with confirmed breeding in Boulder City in 2014.

Comments:

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) If you were a tasty big seed or perhaps a juicy saguaro fruit, this might be the last face you ever see!
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
White-winged Dove: note that the the large, white wing bar clearly shows in flight
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
Note the all-brown central tail feathers that cover the gray-and-white banded feathers when the tail is folded
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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
White-winged Dove mating
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
White-winged Dove mating
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
White-winged Doves mating
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
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Juvenile White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
Juvenile White-winged Dove
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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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