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Everyone who answered this quiz agreed that it was a dove. But then things became more complicated. In the ABA area, Mourning Dove is the most logical starting point, and it makes sense that this was the most frequent answer. But looking more closely, we see some things that aren't quite right. The underparts seem quite dark for a Mourning Dove. Furthermore, there is a small white patch in the wings that does not fit Mourning Dove. It also doesn't fit other regularly occurring species in the ABA area. Looking at a complete list of birds recorded in the ABA area, we see that one speices, the Zenaida Dove, does show this white patch to the base of the secondaries. Zenaida Doves are overall rather darker and shorter-tailed than Mourning Dove with a conspicuous white trailing edge to the secondaries.
While there are very few unequivocal records of Zenaida Dove in the ABA area (none since 3-6 May 2002, when recorded on Key Largo), there have been several sightings reported. This Zenaida Dove was photographed in Puerto Rico in February of 2006.
The following people (listed by submission date beginning with the earliest) submitted correct answers for the April Bird Photo Quiz—Zenaida Dove:
The following list shows the number of submissions for each species guessed.
The photo and answer for this quiz were supplied by Chris Wood.