Blythe, Riverside County
Friday, 23 November 2001
The male was an overall ruddy color with black spots forming rows across the wing coverts and scapulars. It had a contrasting blue-gray crown and nape. The females were duller and one of the females showed a glint of red in her eye when the sun hit it. Compared to the birds seen yesterday at Furnace Creek, these birds were very similar. I noticed that the bills were all dark gray or blackish and decidedly down-curved. No pinkish color was evident on their bills as on the Common Ground-Doves, but the female Common Ground-Doves showed very little pink on the bill.
The best mark was lack of any scaling about the head and neck on the Ruddy Ground-Doves and the more extensive black markings on the scapulars. The Common Ground-Doves had these markings dark brown rather than black and had no markings on the scapulars as on the Ruddy Ground-Doves.