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Jeff Wilson | profile | all galleries >> Eurasian Collared/ Mourning - Hybrid Doves - Memphis, TN tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Eurasian Collared/ Mourning - Hybrid Doves - Memphis, TN

I believe this first dove is a candidate for a possible hybrid Eurasian Collared-Dove and Mourning Dove. I had previously seen the bird in with the large flocks of EUCD but it was always at a distance and the bird's tail was hidden. I had passed it off as just aberrant coloration, although I have never seen a ECDO this dark. When I saw it perched on the wire, 1-31-04, my mind went into a tailspin. Since that sighting, I have run across at least 3 other birds that show traits of hybrids. Please click on thumbnails to see enlarged images and my comments.
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ECDO-MODO - single.jpg ECDO-MODO - group.jpg ECDO-MODO - 4 on wire.jpg ECDO-MODO- perched.jpg
ECDO-MODO - fence.jpg EUCD-MODO - head and collar.jpg ECDO-MODO - EU undetail.jpg ECDO-MODO - HY-undertail coverts.jpg
ECDO- Presidents Is. on wires.jpg Eurasian Collared-Dove and Morning Dove ECDO-MODO compare 2.jpg Mourning Dove color variant.
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