One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small dove that spends much of its time on the ground, feeding and frequently nesting there.
Columbina, Gallicolumba, and related genera, family Columbidae: several species, including the common ground dove (C. passerina) of North and Central America
- ‘Around me was the tiny hoot of ground doves and the twittering of bananaquits.’
- ‘Miniature ground doves twittered along the sand, their heads pecking uncomfortably back and forth like clockwork gone haywire.’
- ‘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.’
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