Size:  11.5”

Plumage/Description:  Male and female plumage similar.  A large dove species, larger than Mourning Dove.  In flight large patch of white visible on upper wing, tip of tail outlined with white feathers.  When at rest the entire wing has a white edge which is diagnostic.  Blue orbital ring around red-orange eye is distinctive.

Habitat:  Suburban, Residential, Oak/Chaparral, Pinyon/Juniper, Riparian/Deciduous

Time of year:  Spring, Summer

Relative Abundance:  Uncommon, but increasing in numbers

Behavior:  This species was formerly considered a Sonoran Desert bird, but increasingly is becoming more common at high-desert elevations.  Very adaptable, and expanding its range a little more each year.  Can be found in a variety of habitats including residential areas with seed feeders.

Diet:  Seeds, Insects

Similar species:  Eurasian Collared Dove, Mourning Dove

Best Sites:  Prescott Country Club in Dewey, Diamond Valley between Prescott and Prescott Valley.