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Photo of Galapagos dove

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The Galapagos dove (Zenaida galapagoensis) is most commonly seen on the ground where it forages for seeds and fruits. Even if disturbed it is reluctant to take to the air, and if it does flies for a short time only. This one was skulking around under some palo santo trees near Prince Phillip's Steps on Tower Island. Note the gold patches on the shoulders. These markings are best visible when the light is at just the right angle.

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Learn about Galapagos dove natural history

"The doves have lost much of their tameness since the times when they were recorded as settling on the shoulders and head gear of buccaneers." Michael H. Jackson Galapagos: A Natural History 1993

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