Galapagos Dove Zenaida galapagoensis

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A species endemic to the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Dove inhabits subtropical forests and dry shrublands of the Galapagos archipelago. Since its initial species description in the mid-1800's, two subspecies have been described. The Galapagos Dove feeds mainly on seeds, but during the wet season it also feeds on caterpillars and cacti blossoms. Despite its small range, the population is believed to be stable and has not merited consideration for any threatened species lists. In the past, humans used to hunt the Galapagos Dove for food, but now the dove's main predator are the feral cats that are present on the islands.

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Recommended Citation

Galapagos Dove (Zenaida galapagoensis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: