Inca dove
Name:Inca dove
Scientific name: Columbina inca
Range: Upper Texas Coast
Habitat: around humans; broad leaved deciduous trees; exotic conifers
Status: Common and abundant
Diet in the wild: seeds and variety of native plants
Diet in the zoo: wheat, crack corn, and oats
Location in the zoo: Texas wildlife by the Raptor Exhibit.
Physical description: 
  • Sexes similar and the adult is similar to juvenile  
  • Body length 6.5 inches 
  • Weight 270-450 lbs 
  • small and slender with black bill and blue orbital ring.  
  • Tail is long slightly rounded at the tip  
  • The  tail is brown centrally with black edges and white outermost tail feathers 
  • Pale gray brown body darker on back and upper wings and extensively scaly.

Photo courtesy of Bob Fiero


General information:

The Inca is becoming more  common in Upper Texas Coast. They usually are found near human habitat.  They build their nest around humans and sometimes in the nest of other  species. They generally use nest for two or more consecutive nestings.


Special anatomical, physiological
or behavioral adaptations:

The Inca has adapted to the human environment very well and makes its living off of the generosity of animal lover. Its anatomical and physiological resembles that of its other family the Juvenile Mourning dove and the Common Ground dove.

Inca Doves at the Fort Worth Zoo

The Fort Worth Zoo keeper said the Inca Doves were temporarily removed from the exhibit because they did not get along with the roadrunners and other birds. The Inca Doves were skittish and continued to flap their wings disrupting the habitat. They have now been returned to the aviary in the Texas Wild exhibit. 

Personal Observations:

The Inca doves have now adapted to their new habitat and may be seen in the Brush Country section of the Texas Wild exhibit.

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