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Diet of Eared Doves (Zenaida auriculata, Aves, Columbidae) in a sugar-cane colony in South-eastern Brazil

Author(s): RANVAUD R. | FREITAS K. C. de | BUCHER E. H. | DIAS H. S. | AVANZO V. C. | ALBERTS C. C.

Journal: Brazilian Journal of Biology
ISSN 1519-6984

Volume: 61;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 651;
Date: 2001;
Original page

Keywords: diet | colonial breeding | sugar-cane | Eared Dove | Zenaida

Farmers in the Paranapanema Valley (São Paulo, Brazil) have reported problems with flocks of Eared Doves (Zenaida auriculata) eating sprouting soybeans. In this region these birds breed colonially in sugar-cane, and eat four crop seeds, using 70% of the dry weight, in the following order of importance: maize, wheat, rice, and soybeans. Three weeds (Euphorbia heterophylla, Brachiaria plantaginea, and Commelina benghalensis) were important. This information suggests that the doves adapted particularly well to the landscape created by the agricultural practices in the region, exploiting many available foods.
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