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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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Dove, pigeon, or a cross?!?!

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NORTH American identification.

Well ...  maybe folks would like to offer an opinion nonetheless?!?

I took these two photos today, Monday, April 16, 2018. Alas, in Lima, Peru.

The bird was just so strange-looking, at least to my eye.

He or she is a cross, no?!? Between a dove and a pigeon?!?! I'm assuming that happens occasionally. (Yeah, I could research it but I'd rather hear everyone's opinion. 'More fun that way.)

The dove part of this equation--for me--is that I recently lived in Oaxaca, Mexico, for 6 months and saw thousands of small doves there. And this bird reminds me a lot of those--except for his size.

BTW, he appears (in real life) to be the size of an everyday pigeon.


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This is a West Peruvian Dove. Dove and pigeon don't refer to specific species -- there's approximately 300 species in the family. In general, we call smaller ones doves and larger ones pigeons, but those are just general terms, not taxonomic ones.

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Oh (#2).

I see. I WAS applying what I knew as a kid, say, growing up in Los Angeles, when I posted the photo, and ... I was just making some gross assumptions!!

Thank you!! Now I know. And now I'll have to look for others! LOL As a North American in Lima, the bird's looks just stopped me in my tracks.


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