White Winged Dove juvenile

White-Winged Dove

The White-winged Dove is a common sight in our Mineral Wells, Texas neighborhood and the Southwest. The White-winged dove has a large white patch in its wings that make it easy to distinguish from other dove. The white patch is visible as a white line along the front of the wing when perched. It has square tail with a white tip. The skin around the eyes is bright blue and it has a black streak on its cheek.

Our White-wings are heavily mixed in with the Tits and Chickadees at all of our feeders. They especially love corn and small wild bird feeds. When nothing else is flocked at the feeders, one will always find a few of dove as well as a squirrel or two. The dove are great to watch when on feeders. Very uncoordinated and have an issue actually getting to the seed. Doves are meant to be ground feeders, like chickens. They will pick up tiny seed and rocks. The tiny rocks help in their digestion. Their behavior and bad make-up remind me of a circus act gone bad.

White Winged Dove
White Winged Dove Ruffled
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 17 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

White Winged Dove
White Winged Dove Posing
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: X-S1
  • Taken: 24 June, 2012
  • Focal length: 158.6mm
  • ISO: 500
  • Shutter speed: 1/550s

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