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Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool, Texas, USA, 16 April 2021
Columbina inca


L. 16.5 cm (6.5-8.25 in)
Wt. 47-48 g (1.6 oz)

  • Grey-brown body
  • Long and square tail edged with white
  • Red underwing


Semiarid southwestern United States to northwestern Costa Rica.


Photo by Nick Richter
Photo taken: Brawley, California, March 2005

This is a monotypic species


Scrub and cultivation.


Photo by Reini
Photo taken: San Manuel, Costa Rica, February 2005

On a cold day (or night) will group together in a pyramid to keep each other warm


Includes grass seeds.


The flimsy twig nest is built 1-8 m high in a tree, often a thorny species, and 2 white eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdforum thread with images of the pyramid behavior in Inca Dove

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