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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
1:57 PM

Post #4716396

I've only seen this dove in the morning when it's too dark for me to get a good photo. I thought originally that it was a dark version of a white-winged because I saw lots of white when it was in flight, but the white that it does have might stand out more since its so dark. However, the tail is pointed and I'm not seeing white on the wings when perched. Is it a dark Mourning Dove? Its feathers are coming out. Does that mean it's a youngster? Doesn't act young and no parents around.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
1:58 PM

Post #4716411

I used the enhance feature to lighten this photo and still the dove looks so dark when compared to the red-bellied woodpecker nearby.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
1:59 PM

Post #4716419

Here's the pointed tail.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
2:06 PM

Post #4716453

This picture is hard to see, but the comparison may help. The mystery dove is in the lower left corner and in the upper right corner with his head blocked by a branch is a White-winged dove.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
2:49 PM

Post #4716732

I took this photo a couple of days ago. The White-winged dove had been sunnng on a rock among some oxalis and ajuga flowers where it looked so pretty that I tried to take its photo. Even though I was inside the house, the dove's sixth sense told it that I was taking a photo and so it got up. I took the shot anyway. When I uploaded it, I discovered that there was another dove sunning himself on the rocks behind the White-winged dove. It might be the same dove. If not, it's another very dark one.

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
3:33 PM

Post #4716955

I'd provisionally say Mourning Dove, but will check again, there's always the possibility it might be an escape from captivity of some other non-native species.

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
4:22 PM

Post #4717170

It came back and the sun is out! Still didn't get a good picture though. Can't seem to focus on this one. I left hoping he would bathe in the pond. He's preening like mad and seems very unhappy. I'm sure it's hard being different! I'm adding this photo though to show the very dark shoulders.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
4:41 PM

Post #4717253

I knew that if I posted some lousy pictures of this dove, she/he would finally pose for some decent ones! I'm going to add a bunch more that show her back, side, and wings. Here's a shot with the tail splayed.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
4:43 PM

Post #4717261

Here is its backside.

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
4:44 PM

Post #4717268

With the top of the wing visible

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
4:45 PM

Post #4717273

under the wing

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
4:48 PM

Post #4717290

side view

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
5:31 PM

Post #4717445

Yep, Mourning Dove, a somewhat atypical dark (melanistic) individual. No other species fits the combination of structure and tail pattern.

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
5:52 PM

Post #4717536

Thanks! Do you think its not healthy? Looks like it's missing feathers to me. If so, is there anything that I can do to help it besides clean water and bird seed?

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2008
6:28 PM

Post #4717669

Doesn't look too happy, with feathers missing around its neck. Very unlikely there's anything you can do about it though - in the first place, getting a diagnosis of the cause from a vet would mean catching it for examination, and that might be too much stress for it.

Resin

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