“OLD BLUE EYES”: WHITE-WINGED DOVES ON ABACO
The White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica is an easily recognised dove species, being the only one on Abaco with conspicuous white wing markings. The prominent blue eye-rings are another unusual feature of this bird. The blue is skin and not feather colouring. Another identifier is the dark line on the upper neck.
Although the birds are permanent residents on Abaco, they are relatively uncommon. They are not a protected species, and yet unlike some other pigeon and dove species (Mourning Dove, Ring Necked Dove, White-crowned Pigeon, Zenaida Dove) they are not listed among the game birds that have a shooting season. Unlike many species whose range is decreasing for all the usual human-related reasons, this bird appears to be expanding its range – or is possibly being introduced in new areas. Urbanisation seems not to be not such a deterrent as for other birds, and feeders are also thought to contribute to the spread.
Range Map Will Be Inserted After Posting To Circumvent FB’s Unerring Ability To Chose The Least Interesting Image As The Unalterable Post Image
This short audio clip of a White-winged Dove has other background bird sounds, mostly identifiably a red-winged blackbird making its ‘rusty gate hinge’ call
Mike Nelson / Xeno Canto
STEVIE NICKS name-checks the White-winged Dove and its call in her 1981 hit “Edge of Seventeen” from her Bella Donna album. If your interest is piqued as the Mac again discuss putting behind them their various differences and prodigious substance sampling to re-form (Glastonbury 2015?), see below. However, rehearing this again (having hidden Bella Donna in a locked drawer 30 years ago) the music has not worn well and her voice – sometimes so exciting – is somewhat fingernails on blackboard.
The birds above were photographed on Abaco by Tom Sheley and the late Tony Hepburn respectively. I’ll end this post with an image by Dan Pancamo that he generously uploaded to Wiki and is several cuts above the usual generic illustrative images.
Credits: Tom Sheley, Tony Hepburn, Xeno Canto, Dan Pancamo