I saw three Ground-doves together today, an adult male and female and a juvenile. Ground-doves are very small doves–only about the size of a sparrow, so actually tiny doves. I’ll see a pair of them around now and then, but today there were three. Here they are–female on the left, next the juvenile with white edges on its feathers, and male on the right.

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Female on the left, juvenile front right.

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And here’s the young dove by itself. The dark tip on the beak is a Ground-dove characteristic.

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The funny part, however, was watching the male dove. He was pursuing the adult female relentlessly, following her around and lifting/lowering his wings (a courting move). He’s approaching her here.

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She moved away quickly, but he kept going after her.

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His stalker look.

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After her again.

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He finally managed to get beside her without her running away. He’s in the back, with the blue/gray coloring on the back of his head and neck, and she’s in the front. He has one wing partially lifted.

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After a few minutes she started looking for food, not seeming terribly impressed with his courtship.

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