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Common Ground-Dove     Columbina passerina

The Common Ground-Dove is a year-round resident of Florida.  It is found throughout all of Florida, being more common in the central and southern part of the state and less common in the northern part and the Panhandle.  This species is not migratory.  There is evidence that their numbers are currently decreasing throughout Florida.  This may be due to the increase in the human population or possibly due to increased competition with the Mourning Dove.

These birds inhabit cultivated and abandoned fields, gardens, citrus groves, open pine woods and scrub oaks.  They forage on the small seeds of weeds and grasses and will visit bird feeding stations. Nests are built on the ground or in a shrub or tree usually near the ground.  They have been observed nesting in almost every month of the year.