Inca Dove (Columbina Inca)

History

Although these doves are found in most types of terrain, they seem to prefer largely populated urban areas and are frequent visitors to urban gardens and can become quite competitive with other Inca Doves where food is available. These doves are native to the South-western parts of the USA but can be found as far south as Costa Rica. Largely greyish brown in colour with dark edges on their feathers gives them a laced appearance and when in flight the underparts show a coppery rust colour. Incas can be shy at first but soon become very tame with careful and gentle handling and can make good aviary birds. They are between 17 - 23cm in length.

They make their nests in shrubs and will incubate 2 eggs with the young hatching after 13 - 15 days. They fledge at 16 days and the parents will often raise 3-4 broods per year.

Behaviour

The Inca Dove can be found in all areas from shrub land to urban and densely populated areas. They feed on seeds, wheat and other crops and are often seen at bird feeders in urban gardens. They are unusual as they will roost in a pyramid with up to 12 birds, to conserve heat during cold weather.

Breed Details

  • Status: Rare
  • Life Expectancy: 2-3 years

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