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White-winged dove - (Zenaida asiatica)

 White-winged dove

 White-winged dove
The white winged dove, easily distinguished from the mourning dove because of its prominent outer wing feathers, appears in the Ajo area in the spring right about the time the saguaros begin flowering. One of their main food sources in that time of year is nectar from the saguaro blossoms. A consequence of this is that white-winged doves are one of the major pollinators of the saguaro cactus.

Size: 11.5 inches
Overall Color: gray
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: seeds, cactus fruit
Nest: saucerlike on ground
Field Identification: narrow white band along folded wing, black line below cheek, red eye surrounded by blue skin
Season: spring-summer

White-winged dove
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae (doves)
Genus: Zenaida
species: asiatica

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