Ding Darling Surprise – A White-Crowned Pigeon


The White-Crowned Pigeon is frequently found on the islands of the Caribbean, the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Florida Keys.

White-Crowned Pigeon

I was lucky enough to find this White-Crowned Pigeon on the Shell Mound Trail in J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island.  The White-Crowned Pigeon is fairly common in Key West but also is infrequently spotted in other coastal areas of south Florida.

The White-Crowned Pigeon prefers wooded areas and mangrove swamps and nests in mangrove trees.

I found out about this pigeon by talking to another birder at the 6 Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers.  She also told me about an Eastern Screen Owl that was located very close to the visitor center on the Indigo Trail in Ding Darling.

White-Crowned Pigeon Hiding in the Leaves

White-Crowned Pigeon Hiding in the Leaves

It pays to talk to other birders and bird photographers and share information.  They will often be willing to share information with you as well.  I wouldn’t have known about either of these birds without this birders assistance.