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ground dove

or ground-dove

any of several small terrestrial doves of the warmer parts of the Americas, especially Columbina passerina.
Origin of ground dove
An Americanism dating back to 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On the basis of our observations at Guam, I would say that the name "ground dove" for the bird at Guam is not descriptive.

  • In contrast, the ground dove at Guam may select a nesting site considerably higher in the tree.

  • It is not an uncommon species along our Mexican border, but is not nearly as abundant as is the ground dove.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed

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