White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

The White-winged Dove has pretty much colonized Costa Rican cities; every few meters you can hear an individual with its characteristic “Who-cooks-for-you” call. I have seen them perched in utility wires, as well as in any kind of tree. It is also interesting that as they sing, they display by raising their wings and then returning to the normal position. This is the only dove that I know makes a display together with its call. It is very similar to the White-tipped Dove in terms of size and body shape, however the White-tipped does not have white feathers on the wings, has lighter underparts and its tail feathers display white tips, from which it gets its name.

White-winged Dove - Zenaida asiatica - Paloma Aliblanca (3)
A common dove in the central valley of Costa Rica, seen foraging on the ground
White-winged Dove - Zenaida asiatica - Paloma Aliblanca (4)
Note the white feathers lining the wings, a feature that inspired the name of this species
White-winged Dove - Zenaida asiatica - Paloma Aliblanca (5)
The iris is red, with blue orbital skin that contrast very nicely
White-winged Dove - Zenaida asiatica - Paloma Aliblanca (6)
Captured during sunrise, with a nearby pond in the background that reflected the deep blue color of the sky at that moment
White-winged Dove - Zenaida asiatica - Paloma Aliblanca (1)
Just like the White-tipped Dove, the White-winged has red feet and blue orbital skin, but the White-tipped does not have the white linings in the wings
White-winged Dove - Zenaida asiatica - Paloma Aliblanca (2)
They like to perch and give their song, but they will also readily go to the ground for food

3 thoughts on “White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)

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