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Aging mourning doves by outer primary wear

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

Many immature mourning doves (Zenaidura macroura) cannot be aged by the conventional white-tipped primary covert method if molt has proceeded beyond the 7th primary. A new method of aging doves in this group is based on the presence (immature) or absence (adult) of a buff-colored fringe on the tips of the 9th and 10th primaries. Experienced biologists were nearly 100 percent accurate in aging wings of 100 known-age doves from eastern and midwestern states. The technique is not as reliable for doves from southwestern United States because of added feather wear, apparently from harsh vegetative and soil conditions.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Aging mourning doves by outer primary wear
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
31
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1967
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
832-835
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
832
Last page:
835
Number of Pages:
4