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MOURNING DOVE may fly with white-winged doves, but can be distinguished by their more rapid wing beat, more erratic flight path and pointed tail. In fall, the highest densities are found in the desert agricultural areas, around water sources and desert areas where annual plants and seeds are abundant.
WHITE-WINGED DOVE are somewhat larger than a mourning dove with a white bar on the upper wing surface and a long, moderately rounded tail. The range of white-winged doves generally coincides with the distribution of the saguaro cactus.
Protected birds which may not be hunted include the Inca Dove and Ground Dove. Smaller birds, about half the size of a mourning dove. Both are gray and fly close to the ground with rapid wingbeats. The inca has a scaly appearance with a long tail that has white margins. Ground dove have a short, round dark tail. Common summer resident in the better watered valleys, mostly south of the Mogollon Rim. For artistic renderings of the Inca and Ground Dove please review the AZGFD's Dove Regulations.