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Columbina passerina  Common Ground-Dove
These ground-nesting granivores may have always been uncommon or rare in Louisiana and are least frequently seen in the summer. During the Atlas period, no nests were found, and the species was recorded only twice.

photo Copyright 1999 by Bill Bergen 
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Columbina inca  Inca Dove
Like White-winged and Eurasian Collared doves, these branch-nesting granivores are extending their range rapidly. Inca Doves entered the state from Texas, with the first record in 1935 and nest records by the late 1970's. New populations arise primarily in towns and nearby residential areas.

photo Copyright 1999 by Bill Bergen 
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Streptopelia decaocto  Eurasian Collared-Dove
During the 1900's, these branch-nesting granivores spread from the Middle East all across Europe. Introduced to the Bahamas in 1974, they soon took Florida and, by 1996, had become residents of New Orleans and parishes westward along the Mississippi River. They look similar to Ringed Turtle-Doves (S. risoria), which have frequently escaped from pet owners.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
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