Definition of ground dove in English:

ground dove


  • A small dove that spends much of its time on the ground, feeding and frequently nesting there.

    • ‘Miniature ground doves twittered along the sand, their heads pecking uncomfortably back and forth like clockwork gone haywire.’
    • ‘Around me was the tiny hoot of ground doves and the twittering of bananaquits.’
    • ‘Other birds on the island include boobies, fairy terns, frigate birds, and a good-sized population of friendly ground doves, a species classed as internationally vulnerable.’