White wing doves frolicking in the bird bath, some on guard, some bathing
Three are being sentry for the three taking a bath. It seems to be a rule that at least one is a lookout while the other is bathing. They make a great cooing noise in the mornings.
White-winged Doves, like other doves and pigeons, have certain remarkable abilities. They have the ability to suck and drink water without moving their heads. They also feed their nestlings with crop milk, an esophageal secretion. Snails and bone pieces may be consumed by both parents to assist their bodies in producing the nourishing fluid.
Photograph by Elbert Greer
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