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Central Texas bird looks like White-winged Dove, but ruddy, with darker head. (1 Viewer)

Tired

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This little guy was in a small group of doves in my yard. A couple of them seemed a bit more ruddy than usual, and then there was this one, that caught my attention as soon as I saw it. I've never seen one this color. I wish I'd gotten better photos, but it was walking quite fast, was fairly far away, and wouldn't hold its head still. These colors are pretty accurate to what it looked like in person. I've included the third photo to compare it to a ruddy-but-average dove.

Is this a pigment disorder, or maybe a hybrid?
 

Tired

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Well, that's good to know, thank you. I assume this must be something related to melanism, an excess of pigment. Thought I'd put it here just in case this is a known hybrid.

(And also because I'm not entirely certain where to put a "why is this bird this unusual color" thread.)
 
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