Friday, August 26, 2011

Inca doves

I've seen Inca doves here a few times before, but they usually stay out at the fringes of the field and tree-line.  But I believe this is a pair that came down to the pond-side one afternoon, probably needing a drink.

Incas have scalloped feather patterns and long, dark tails. 


They are beautiful, like their mourning dove cousins.

Here's a link if you want to hear their slightly different sound. 

63 comments:

Furry Bottoms said...

The last picture reminds me of a sentry. One bird looking left, the other looking right. Covering all territory!

T.@WhatWeKeep said...

I've never seen these! I have mourning doves all over and love to listen to them. These are so pretty. What do they sound like?

Ellie said...

I've never heard of inca doves before, but then I don't really know much about birds.
You sure do get a large variety of birds at your place. I listened to the recording and they sound nice too.
We get the mourning doves here and I love their distinctive call.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

These doves are new to me, too. Nice photos.

Chatty Crone said...

I didn't know there were such things as Inca Doves - they are pretty!

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holdingmoments said...

They make a lovely couple.

Lisa RedWillow said...

They really are beautiful. I love how you framed these shots also.

Farm Girl said...

It is to bad if they lived around here they would have a week to live. Dove season starts September 1st.
I bet when dove season starts I have hundreds come live on my place. It is so sad to see how scared they get.
Those are very unique and I liked their call.

Sharon said...

Pretty birds, as are their cousins.

Ms. Becky said...

thanks for providing the link. I hear tropical with a bit of frantic thrown in! it's beautiful. and that is one long tail.

Snappy Di said...

NIce clear shots!

Evelyn S. said...

I love how doves are so often in pair when you see them! We have mourning doves and Asian Collared Doves, the latter of which are relative newcomers....and which make the strangest sound. Of course, I didn't know there were dark-colored doves like the ones in your great photos.

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, are you so lucky, lovely Inca Doves.

barbara l. hale said...

Beautiful little things! I've always had a soft spot for mourning doves and their song. Love that website. I think I will spend some time there.

Gone Country said...

They're so pretty and such a unique song! I've never seen those before. We've got lots of mourning doves and I love them!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

I have never seen these doves before.

You are lucky.

Great photos too.


Fiona

Leenie said...

Very,ver nice photos of your new neighbors. The lack of rain in your part of the world must be causing a lot of changes in animal habits. We have a cousin of the morning dove that has taken up residence here. Love their song.

Peggy said...

New to me! thanks for the awesome pics and giving me something to search and learn about. Have a great weekend

Larry Ostby said...

Inca Doves, very interesting. I don't know if we have them in our part of the country. Plenty of mourning doves, I'll be paying more attention now. Thanks T.

KAT said...

cool never saw one of these before. I'm intrigued be the scalloped feathers makes them look fancy...ruffle-y

KAT Griffin

Sall's Country Life said...

We only see the morning doves here, these are also pretty and sound nice too! Glad you could accommodate them with a drink. So glad you also have a relocation plan for your turtle friends! (p.s. I'm chuckling devilishly at the evil comment.)

lisa said...

There is just something about doves that I love, and these are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing their sound here!

Tammy said...

I love doves too. I haven't seen this variety. Thanks for sharing.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Welp, there's another new bird. Now where did I put that list?

Robin said...

T, these guys are very pretty! I think Doves are so calm and serene!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

heading to hear their sounds... thank you!

eileeninmd said...

They are beautiful doves, great shots.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

okay... I'm a little worried about the 'no hope' translation. =/ is that about rain?

Debbie said...

the hubs is napping in preparation for irene, i will have to come back to have a listen later!!!

these are a beautiful varity, we don't get them here!!!

you have an awesome place t...it is wonderful that someone like yourself is there, to appreciate and share it!!!

Andrew said...

A beautiful new bird for me... Many thanks for the link...

Lois Evensen said...

Yes, they are beautiful. Nice images.

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful bird! They're new to me as well! Always lovely captures and thanks for the link! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Lynne said...

Ooh, I really like the dusty charcoal of the doves.
Great pics!

Deb said...

we had several of them this year...I didn't know that was what they were called...

Kerry said...

"A small dove of arid areas" is what the link said...I guess you definitely qualify as arid these days. The call sounds like a cross between a dove and an owl!

Leontien said...

Very lovely little birdies!
I have some in my garden every morning but i am not sure what kind exactly they are...

Thanks for your sweet comment on Monday and yes i know i am a little behind... ;-)
Leontien

pattisjarrett said...

Oooooh, I've never seen these, so pretty. Love their song, too.

Louise said...

Oh, they are beautiful. But, the big question is, are they as dumb as their mourning dove cousins?

Woody said...

Nice! We get lots of mourning doves, I'll see if we have them here. They sound way different then mourning doves.

James said...

They sure are beauties and the background looks great too!

Lorilee said...

Beautiful photos. Inca Doves frequently visit my yard. I had to rescue several last month after they somehow slipped into my chicken run!
Blessings,
Lorilee

don said...

They are so unique looking. Nice catch to get their picture.

sharon said...

very interesting. never seen doves like these.

littlethingsoflife said...

We have mourning doves, but I don't think I've seen Incas here. Thanks for sharing.

FYI -- We had a little rain shower Wednesday p.m. and another early Thursday!! YAY!! :) (But it's hot and dry again now, since Irene is taking all the moisture her way.)

Samantha said...

WOW!
Yet another bird I've only read about...now you're just messing with my head!

Great captures, T!!!

Montanagirl said...

Very nice photos! I've never seen one of these before.

Judy said...

They posed pretty good for you...I don't think I've ever seen these before.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Inca doves are new to me. I always find something exciting bird-wise on your blog. They really are beautiful birds.

Candy C. said...

Those guys are different, we have had Eurasian doves here the past few years, they are light gray and also very pretty!

edenhills said...

They are very pretty. I'm sure they appreciated the drink.

Teresa

Paula said...

I have doves at my feeders at times but I'm not sure if there were any of these but I don't think so.

Tiffany said...

They are so pretty, glad to see the close up! Have a great weekend.

Tiffany

MarieElizabeth said...

I love that I find new animals every time I come by here. So educational for me!

Rain said...

Teresa another beautiful pair of birds I've never heard of! Beautiful pics and thanks for sending us over to their wonderful song!!

ellen abbott said...

We have a pair that visits our birdbath.

Nova said...

I suddenly could hear the mourning dove (in my memory)

They look pretty

Randy said...

I love to hear the doves in the morning. Great shots.

madrassi said...

Beautiful birds with unique patterns on it. I liked the sound it makes checking via the link. Excellent capture friend! :)

Jill said...

I love the way you captured these doves on the limbs. I've not heard for them before but they are lovely!

Sandra said...

they are so amazing, just perched on the stick like it was a living room. do they sound like mourning doves? i love the coo of our doves

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

That's a bonus, I think the birds were posing for you ! wonderful work and series of shots !

Rose said...

They are so beautiful!

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