Common ground dove (Columbina passerina)
Papiamento name: totolika
This small, stocky dove has a distinctive scaly pattern on its head and breast. Males have a bright purplish-brown plumage, while females and juveniles are duller brown. Common ground doves are believed to mate for life. The male attracts the female with an elaborate courtship display during which he chases her on the ground and bobs his expanded neck in rhythm with monotonous cooing. The female lays two white eggs in a nest built in a low bush.
The common ground dove inhabits the southern United States, parts of Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. It is considered to be the smallest dove that inhabits the United States. As its name suggests the bird spends the majority of its time on the ground walking but still has the ability to fly. It feeds primarily on seeds and occasionally on insects.
Photo credit: Christian König (SHAPE/DCNA)
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