Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)

The Eared Dove is a relatively large dove, similar in size and shape to the White-winged Dove that we have in Costa Rica, but without the characteristic white on the wing. Its body is mostly grayish with olive tones on the back and wings, along with black spots. Its legs are red and the bill is short and a little bit curved down. An interesting feature is that it has some iridescence on the sides of the throat, which can be revealed when the neck is stretched out. They frequently forage on the ground, picking out seeds, but when flushed will look for branches high on the trees to remain safe. In some parts of South America, they are hunted down, yet their populations remain strong in numbers.

Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata - Torcaza Nagüiblanca (2)

This is a large dove that feeds both on the ground and on trees. They turn to trees when flushed as well.

Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata - Torcaza Nagüiblanca (3)

A nice portrait of this individual perched on an arched branch.

Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata - Torcaza Nagüiblanca (4)

Close up portrait that shows some iridescense on the side throat of this species.

Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata - Torcaza Nagüiblanca (5)

Cleaning up the feathers is an important part of the daily routine.

Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata - Torcaza Nagüiblanca (6)

They can become sleepy at time. The black dots on the wings are very conspicuous.

Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata - Torcaza Nagüiblanca

They have bright red legs and a large black eye. Overall coloration is grayish.

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