Morphometrics and Body Condition Index of Eurasian Collared-Dove and Mourning Dove in Durango, Mexico


In order to incorporate the knowledge of two species of wild doves and compare the results of both, we assessed morphometrics (body weight, bill, tarsus, tail, wing, head and culmen length) and body condition index (using weigh, wing, tail and tarsus length) of Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto and Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura (Aves: Columbidae) based on 40 specimens of each species collected during fall-winter 2013 and spring-summer 2014 in the municipality of Durango, Durango, Mexico. We found that body condition index was higher during fallwinter for both species. We also found size dimorphism. Males of Eurasian Collared-Dove were larger than females in head length (p = 0.002) and tail length (p = 0.05) but smaller in culmen length. Female Mourning Doves had a higher body condition index compared to males (p = 0.02) during both seasons. As expected, Eurasian Collared-Dove was larger in all measurements than Mourning Dove (p > 0.05) but tail length (p = 0.12).

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Salazar-Borunda, M. , Martínez-Guerrero, J. and Pereda-Solís, M. (2015) Morphometrics and Body Condition Index of Eurasian Collared-Dove and Mourning Dove in Durango, Mexico. Open Journal of Ecology, 5, 33-38. doi: 10.4236/oje.2015.52004.

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