Definition of ground dove in English:

ground dove

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  • 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
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    • 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.
    • 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.

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