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Dacula, GA, United States
Saw this Mourning dove with a white tail during my count days. The white tail was easily seen among the other gray tails of the flock.
Saw a white tailed mourning dove with other mourning doves beneath a feeder in Pine Island, NY January 14, 2015
Some of the doves I feed in Washington, DC have white tips on their tails.
Have 2 that are feeding on the ground here in South Tex. Harlingen. Have never seen them here before.
White tail dove sighted ground feeding in Groton, Ma 2/21/2016
Just photographed one in Vermont. 3/1/2016
Dove with large white area on top of tail has been visiting our feeder for the past month or so. Just saw him again today.
Saw one under feeder in Proctorville, Oh 8/25/16
I just saw one under my feeder in Washington, DC, 8/30/2016. http://imgur.com/a/zOL1R
I just saw two white tailed mourning doves under my bird feeders in Exmore, Virginia.
Just saw one today for the first time with a group of other Mourning Doves feeding on my table. Granada Hills, CA.
Just saw one for the first time in my back yard in Manchester TN.
I had one on the ground in Sellersburg, IN this morning feeding with other Turtle Doves. It seemed a little aggressive towards the other doves, but didn’t bother other species.
I have been seeing a couple white tail doves with the group of mourning doves that hang out around our home in Walkersville WV
Saw one, today (April 3, 2017) in Troy, New York.
I saw one this afternoon at my feeders. Watertown, CT.
One in Finland, PA this morning.
I have one at my feeder in Wilson, NC his morning. Chunkier, darker, white tail. Never see one before.
Saw first time white tail in backyard feeding on the ground.
We saw one this morning feeding in Hampton, VA.
One st my feeder in Friendsville, TM
We have one under the bird feeder here in Eugene,OR today for first time
I’ve watched my backyard birds near Charleston WV for a few years. My thought is that there juveniles when their tails are still white. Tail hasn’t completely grown.
Just saw three around the feeders in Texas. Love to watch them.
Saw are first white tipped tail turtle five yesterday, alsome
I a white-tipped tail mourning dove feeding on ground by bird feeders March 11th 2018 Neenah Wisconsin
Just saw the first white tail dove at my ground feeder. Is this common for this area? Grand Lake around Langley Oklahoma.
I have just seen a pure cream colored morning dove with the other doves. Has any one ever seen one. Wil try to get a better picture
I have a picture of a white tailed dove that hangs out behind our house with the other mourning doves. This was taken yesterday 4/18/18 in Oakton, Virginia.
We have one white tail dove hanging out around our feeders in Cash Texas
I just saw one in Gainesville, FL.
Saw what I think is a mourning dove eating mulberries on the ground at a golf course in Fort Wayne. He had an entirely white tail and head. He was not a bit afraid of us. He was eating berries as fast as he could!
Been feeding birds in NW Montana for 15 years, we have many mourning doves. Today I saw the first one with a white tipped tail.
2 white tailed mourning doves in my side yard at my feeders. I get many doves but this is the first time noticed the white tipped tails. Manchester, NH
Just had our first this weekend. Lemon Grove (San Diego area) CA.
Saw white tip dove this morning.
Church hill Tennessee
Have a white tip tail dove at our feeder in, Wichita KS
just had three white tail feeding with others
I saw a white tip tail dove today, feeding with other grey mourning doves.
one white tail tip dove on ground feeding today, december 9,2018. cold, 24 degrees
a white tail dove is eating bird food with many other doves in our backyard 12-10-18 Chelsea, Alabama first one for me 🙂
I just saw one for the first time In 29 Yrs New Ellenton SC.
I have two mourning doves white tipped tails
in my backyard. First time Dec. 29 th 2018
We are seeing white tip of tail dove around our feeder. Albany, Ga. feb, 2019
Feb 1 2019
I have one at my feeder this morning.
Feb 1 2019 8:30 am
I have one at my feeder this morning.
Jefferson City Tn
Photographed (on Feb. 15, 2019) a white tailed individual among a flock of Mourning doves at Royal, Arkansas. First I’ve ever encountered.
Moved to Royal, Arkansas in December, 2018, and quickly put up a feeder. We have a regular flock of Mourning doves. One stands out because about 25% of the end of its tail is white.
We have one in Milmont Park, Pa
We have one in Alpharetta, GA. He also looks a little larger than the other mourning doves.
One here today at my feeder in NC.
Saw a mourning dove with white tipped tail eating bird seed on my patio in the backyard. I am in Woodland, CA. 1st time I have seen one.
We have a dove in our yard, which is ,larger than the morning doves, It is a slightly pink, tan color, breast is a bit darker beige than it’s wing both breast and wings have a slightly pink color to the tan. Today I saw it stretch wings and tail….the tail, at least on the bottom, the part I saw, the last inch or so of the tail is very black. Anybody else seen one, We are in western North Carolina, Cullowhee.
I just saw a white tail (on the middle to the tip of the tail) for the very first time and I get a lot of them feeding everyday. Does anyone know if this is normal???
Hi D, White feathers are perfectly normal; it usually signifies a lack of pigment, whether it’s genetic or otherwise. Check out our Color Variants webpage to learn more about why some birds grow white feathers.
We had a Dove here today with a bright white tip on the tail. His body was much darker than the other doves and spent most of his time harassing the other ones.
Saw a white tailed dove several times this week in my yard and at bird bath.
Cornwall on Hudson, NY
Saw a small flock of six grey morning doves with white tips on their tails this week on the walls around the back yard and on the small trees in the neighbor’s yard.
Glendale, AZ (NW Phoenix valley)
December 31, 2019
I have two white tailed doves that visit my feeder in Delta, PA. 1/18/20
One white tailed dove was just spotted in my backyard with 3 other doves this morning. This is a first for my bird viewing.
Saw one for the first time at our feeder in Eastern North Carolina
I’ve been watching one at my feeders the last few days in Naples, FL. The tail feathers are the purest of white! Seems to have some white under the wings, as well. So interesting!
I seen a white tailed Morning Dove this Morning. Very interesting
Seen my first ever white tail dove in Angier, N.C.
We had a dove darker then most with white tail feathers ground feeding today. First sighting here in Coastal, GA
Saw one ground feeding in Merrimac, MA today.
Saw one for the first time at my neighbors feeder yesterday in Slidell Louisiana. Smallest dove I’ve ever seen, light purplish body with bright white long tail feathers.
We have a pair that come to our bird feeder along with a pair of white winged doves in Plano Tx.
We have had one white tailed dove visiting our feeders and bird baths regularly this year. It’s the first time we’ve seen this one.
August 20, 2020
one at my feeder white tail feathers 30 miles north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. I did take a picture.
Looking at one right now at my bird feeder here in Tucson AZ
Two white-tailed mourning doves below our niger feeder. First time seeing white tails.
One white-tailed mourning dove at feeder this morning in Springfield, IL. First time seeing one.
I have one in Coal Valley Illinois
One at the feeder in Westfield, Wi.
One at a feeder in Phoenixville Pa!
We have one under our feeder right now. Waterdown Ontario
Just saw one for the first time in my life, it’s currently happily enjoying lunch with a few non white tailed mourning doves. Was able to take a picture.
02 OCT 2020
Burrilville Rhode Island
I just had one at my feeder with white tip tail
I just had one at my feeder with white tip tail.
Just noticed several doves with one white tail feather under our feeder.
I just saw one with a white tail at my feeder, not just feather tips but solid white tail feathers on top of tail
Just watching a morning dove with a white tail, but the top of its head is light grey blue. I have noticed a dove with a white tail off and on all winter, but this is the first that I’ve noticed to top of its head being a different colour. I live in Woodstock Ontario Canada.
Lots of doves here for 20 yrs but this morning I spotted only one with pure white tail feather. Rocklin Ca
Is this significant of anything?
Hi Maggie, you can learn more about unusual white markings in birds here.
We have had one of these around the past month. It’s beautiful! I would say it has 2” of white showing. Minnesota May 2021.
We have one Whiite Tailed Mourning Dove so far. Tallmadge, OH. May 26, 2021. Do some carry a gene factor for white tails, or is it some kind of mutation?
Hi Darlene, white feathers usually result from either a run-in with a predator, or a form of leucism. You can learn more about color abnormalities on our webpage here.
We have seen at least four white tailed Doves at our feeders in Bellevue Tennessee. They are beautiful.
Hi – Westlake Village, CA; we’re feeding one gray mourning dove with a very short, white-tipped tail and a narrow front white “chin strap.” It is part of a small flock of regular morning doves that possess longer tails and no white chin strap. We also witnessed a single Ringed-necked dove check out our flock as they fed. It seemed less than impressed, flew away, and we have not seen it since.
We had one on Thanksgiving and it hasn’t left. First time I’ve ever seen one. Shoals Indiana.
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