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#ABArare – Zenaida Dove – Florida.

On July 8, Alex Lamoreaux discovered an ABA Code 5 Zenaida Dove among a flock of Mourning Doves in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Unusual for Zenaida Dove, this bird was seen well inland. It does suggest that this species might be more common than records suggest, and easily overlooked in places where it has not historically been found.

The area where this bird is frequenting is west of the Miami Executive Airport, roughly between Miami and Homestead. Cross streets are SW 120 St and SW 157 Ave west. Birders have put down bird seed by the puddle closet to the paved road on the north side and western most point of SW 120 St. before the road turns to dirt. More was put down by the larger puddle about 100 feet to the north of SW 120 St. In the evening several doves of many species have been frequenting the pools. Birders report a Zenaida three-fer, with White-winged Dove also being seen.

Zenaida Dove is a widespread dove throughout the Caribbean. It is thought to have been a former breeding bird in the Florida Keys in the 1800s, but has been very scarce in recent years. All ABA Area records come from the Florida Keys. The last record of Zenaida Dove in the ABA Area came in February of 2016, and before that 2009. An additional report from coastal Georgia in 2005 is considered by some to Zenaida Dove.

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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