photographed by Nhi Nguyen
Avistada desde el aeropuerto. Claro la línea ocular. Patas rojas.
San Diego County, California, US
Flying across the river
Small dove with a black bill and blue spots on its wings. Photo taken from an observation tower on the north-western bank of the River Tapoa, several km south-west of the Tapoa entrance of Parc W in south-western Niger.
A large adult grey pigeon with reddish-brown spots on its wings and a prominent patch of red skin around each eye, which flew out from under the roof over a picnic table at a scenic overlook adjacent to a small canyon that feeds into the River Tapoa, which itself is a tributary of the River Niger. On one of the roof supports for the shelter a well-protected nest constructed from small twigs contained several young birds that were covered with a thin coat of reddish-orange down.
Pigeons and doves constitute the bird clade Columbidae, that includes some 310 species. They are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and have short, slender bills with fleshy ceres. Doves feed on seeds, fruits, and plants. This family occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones.