The plump little Common Ground-dove is the smallest of our doves, about the size of a House Sparrow. As it walks along, hunting for seeds, it nods its head (as do other members of its family). This is a fairly tame species and will permit a close approach. Usually it flies for only a short distance, showing bright reddish-brown patches on its wings. In its southern habitat the Ground-dove favors sandy or weedy areas, cotton fields, and citrus groves.