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A lot of White-Winged Dove, but a black one?

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Has anyone ever seen one of these or even heard of such a thing?
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Juba1010

Gotta watch out for those dirty birds! :-)

nosnow_here

Thank you Ginni2. You just answered another question for me. Every year, a couple of the Gambel's Quail families with baby chicks, that frequent my yard, have chicks with one white patch on each wing. As they grow into adults, and develop more coloring in their feathers, the patches disappear. Leucistic and melanistic, now I know!

Ginni2

I think juba's right that it's a melanistic dove. I've only seen leucistic birds before, with patches of white. I like how the site at the link below says "This bird is either melanistic or possibly just extremely dirty." I vote for melanistic, for the dove in their photo and for yours. :-)

http://www.azfo.org/gallery/2009/html2/White-winged_Dove_GreenVal_Halgren_20090629.html

nosnow_here

50 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona.

Juba1010

Texas or desert Southwest?

I only have mourning doves, in IA; where do these live?

Juba1010

I found one image. Maybe more out there.

nosnow_here

Thank you, Juba1010! I have not heard of that, but it seems to be an accurate description.

Juba1010

Melanistic white winged dove?

nosnow_here

@Ginni2 Here's another view of it.

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