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How to Identify the White-Winged Dove

How to Identify the White-Winged Dove

What Is the Appearance of a White-Winged Dove?

White-winged dove perched atop a tree near Rio Grande City.

Doves can be difficult to distinguish. Sometimes, the Eurasian Collared-dove (also known as mourning dove) and white-winged crow are confused with each other. Both birds may be grayish brown in color and have similar size and shape. White-winged Doves are easily identified by the white stripe on their wings.

Keith A. Arnold, Professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, says “Slightly smaller than a rock pigeon, white-wings have a white-tipped fan-shaped tail (brown in juveniles) and broad white wing patches, hence the common name.”

White-Winged Dove sounds and calls

Bird Songs courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology

According to the Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America, birders should listen for a rich cooing sound, described as “It’s too early to tell.”

Keith says the birds have a variety of calls, sometimes sounding much like a barred owl’s “who-cooks-for-you” call.

Does the sound of mourning dove wings and feathers make any noise?

What are the White-Winged doves’ favorite foods?

A white winged dove perching at a platform feeder.
White-winged Dove perching on a platform feeder.

Keith says, “These doves are seed-eaters. What they eat depends on what’s available. They may feed on grain fields, or…

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