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Common Ground Dove

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Subspecies insularisPhoto by jdbirdmanCuba, 2003
Subspecies insularis
Photo by jdbirdman
Cuba, 2003
Columbina passerina


[edit] Identification

L. 17cm
Wt. 32g (1oz)

  • Tiny
  • Short-tailed
  • Grey-brown back and upperwings
  • Black spotting on wing coverts
  • Scaly appearance on breast and head
  • Centrally brown tail with black edges and white corners
  • Orange bill tipped black
FemalePhoto by bobsofpaFort DeSoto Park, Florida, USA, April 2008
Photo by bobsofpa
Fort DeSoto Park, Florida, USA, April 2008


  • Pink head, neck and breast
  • Pink, unscaled belly
  • Blue nape

Female & Immature

  • Light grey where male is pink
  • Grey nape

[edit] Flight

In flight, the underwings show extensive chestnut colouration. Flight is fast and direct, with regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings that are characteristic of pigeons in general.

[edit] Distribution

It is a resident breeder from Bermuda, through the southmost USA, Mexico and the Caribbean, to South America, and is found as far south as northern Brazil.

Subspecies nigrirostris Photo by njlarsenDominica, August 2004
Subspecies nigrirostris
Photo by njlarsen
Dominica, August 2004

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 18 subspecies[1]

Male and Female, subspecies jamaicensis Photo by Stanley JonesMontego Bay, Cornwall State, St. James Parish, Jamaica, November 2010
Male and Female, subspecies jamaicensis
Photo by Stanley Jones
Montego Bay, Cornwall State, St. James Parish, Jamaica, November 2010

[edit] Habitat

Dry sandy scrub, fields, forest edge, woodland with developed open areas, farms, open country and towns.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It builds a flimsy stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at

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