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The White-Tipped Dove of Belize

11 February 2012 No Comment

Belize Photo: The White-Tipped Dove

Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the White-tipped Dove and its scientific name is Leptotila verreauxi.

A secretive bird of the Neotropics, the White-tipped Dove can be found from Southern Texas throughout Central America inhabiting the mid-strata level in deciduous and semi-deciduous broadleaf forests, second-growth scrubs, and savannas. It spends most of its time foraging inconspicuously on the ground, occasionally bursting into the air with noisy wingbeats and distinctive flashes of chestnut color under the wings.

Like many classic doves, this specie is about 11.5 inches in length, with many shades of brown between the crown and breast, being white at its flanks, belly and in tail corners.

Submitted by Naturalist Guide: David Juarez

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