Dark urban Pidgeon
Paloma Peruana alimentando a sus jovenes pichones
This species of dove was common at our hotel and in the town of San Pedro. At first I thought they were White-winged Doves, the species found throughout Central America and into the US, before I learned that the birds along the Pacific coast from Colombia down to Chile have been split into their own species.
The West Peruvian Dove (Zenaida meloda) was first described in 1843 by the Swiss naturalist Johann Jakob Baron von Tschudi. It is closely related to the North American White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica), but is now considered a separate species by ornithologists due to genetic and behavioral differences. Specimens are brownish-gray above and gray below, with a bold white wing patch that appears as a brilliant white crescent in flight and is also visible at rest. Adults...