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Taken in fading light soon after I first saw the bird, this fuzzy photo reveals the key field marks that strongly suggested Inca Dove: dark-edged feathers giving scaly appearance above and on the sides, and a red iris. The bird was noticeably smaller than the nearby Mourning Dove (not shown). Not visible are the rufous underwings (seen in one of Mark Hoffman's photos taken the following day) and the white outer tail feathers (which I saw in flight). The bird is distinguished from Scaled Dove by the uniformity of the gray on the "scales".
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