White-tipped Dove

I observed this White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) strolling across a lawn in Alajuela, Costa Rica early one morning.

White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi)

Although White-tipped Doves are named for the white tips on the outer edges of their tails, these white tips are not always easy to see unless these doves are in flight, so probably the best way to identify these common, Costa Rican doves is by their subtly-hued, unmarked plainness and faint blue around their orange eyes. When in flight, White-tipped Doves also reveal their cinnamon wing linings.

White-tipped Doves are found in open and deciduous woodlands and gardens from south Texas to central Argentina. They are most common on the Pacific slope of Costa Rica, especially in deforested areas.