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Morning Dove with Gold Neck?

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I saw this Morning Dove(?) a couple days ago in Columbia, NC. Can someone tell me why it looks to have gold flecks on it. Is it light playing a trick on my eyes?

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Yes, this is a Mourning Dove. The long, pointed tail is distinctive.

They normally have iridescent green/pink feathers on their neck, which are seen only when the lighting is very good.

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On 6/29/2020 at 1:13 PM, akandula said:

They normally have iridescent green/pink feathers on their neck, which are seen only when the lighting is very good.

The angle of light determines what color shows on iridescent feathers. That's why male Ruby-throated Hummers look black-throated so often.

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