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Old 04-22-2017, 08:49 AM
Location: Oklahoma City area
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We're in central Oklahoma on one acre with a small area of oak trees in the back yard. I have bird feeders (that mostly feed the squirrels) and have a nice variety of birds. This spring we've had Mourning Doves and and other doves that I don't recognize. They're a bit larger and mostly white. Not quite as big as pigeons.

I'd like to post a picture but they're gone the instant I step outside. I've done some online research but I still can't tell if I'm looking at a dove or a pigeon. Can someone give me a clue? Thanks.
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Old 04-22-2017, 09:02 AM
Location: Texas
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Might take a look at the White Wing dove. As a kid I never heard of one. There are probably 50 in the back yard right now. Like you say, they are almost the size of a pigeon. We see more of them than mourning doves now. They were supposedly rampant in this part of the world but hunting caused a major decline. Not sure about that. I can see hunting causing few numbers but not elimination for decades of my life, anyway. They can make a huge mess. If you feed, they will fight each other for the food. They will destroy the ground under a feeder and are known to destroy feeders. They are stupid birds. They make lousy nests and it's common to find their eggs and young on the ground. If you have energy film on your windows or solar film, expect them to fly into the glass on a regular basis. I've hung the swimming noodles from the facia in front of our windows and it helps but some will still try to fly around them. Some live, some don't. The local feral cats clean up those that don't. Take a look online at pics. That's probably what you're seeing. They have been migrating farther north as the numbers increase.
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Old 04-27-2017, 04:25 PM
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They are probably collared doves. They are about halfway between a dove and pigeon in size. They are so named because of the ring around their neck. White winged doves are the size of mourning doves and have a band of white feathers on their wing. Here's a video link:
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