|Photo: Alden M. Johnson © California Academy of Sciences|
The larger species are usually pigeons, smaller ones called doves. These short-necked, short-legged birds have grayish or brownish plumage. All are strong, fast fliers that feed chiefly on grains and other seeds, fruits. Their cooing calls are very distinctive.
- A stout bird, slightly larger than a quail. Purplish-gray head and breast; nape of neck mottled greenish-yellow with a narrow white band separating it from the head. The broad tail has a gray band across the bottom. Length 14 ½” – 15 ½ “
- A low whoo-whoo or coo-coo
- Grains, seeds, fruit and nuts; favorite is acorns
- Low elevation coniferous forest of the northwest; oak and oak-conifer forest in the southwest. Frequents water holes and salt licks.
- California to Washington; eastern AZ and western NM
- Usually seen in groups.