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Photo by Robert T. Maytum
Photo Courtesy of Robert T. Maytum

The white-winged dove, Zenaida asiatica, occurs from the southwestern United States to northern Chile; although nonmigratory over most of its range, northern populations, including those in Utah, do migrate. This species is rare in Utah, occurring primarily in the southwestern corner of the state during the summer months. Its habitats include riparian woodland, mesquite thickets, and urban residential areas in arid regions. It eats seeds and some fruits.

The nest is four to twenty-five feet (usually eight to twelve feet) up in a tree. The one to four eggs, typically two, are incubated by both parents for thirteen to fourteen days. The altricial young, like those of other doves, are fed crop milk, as well as seeds after four days. Both parents tend the young, which leave the nest after thirteen to sixteen days.


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