I – is for Inca (Dove, that is!)


Today’s post is short and sweet – I haven’t found a trail close by that begins with the letter “I”, and there aren’t a lot of plants or animals whose name begins with the letter “I” either.  I was able to find one creature for us, so without further ado…

Ladies and Gentlemen, please meet the Inca Dove.250px-IncaDove


The Inca Dove lives in the southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, and Costa Rica. I couldn’t find out why the dove was named after the Inca Empire since it doesn’t live in any of the lands that the Inca Empire covered.

Inca Doves range from 6.5–9.1 inches long, and weigh between 1.1–2.0 oz. They are a slender bird, with a body covered in gray-brown feathers.  I’ve seen a few of these doves around, but we seem to have more Mourning doves where I live than these little ones.  I always love to see the many different species of wildlife we have here in the northern Sonoran desert!

Happy trails dear reader!  🙂



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. melaniegobledvm
    Apr 11, 2014 @ 02:36:33

    Very nice. I had not heard of the Inca Dove before. It is beautiful. Considering the Phoenix area, you could have gone with “Insects” you have a fair number of them! 🙂


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