Birds : Diamond Dove

Diamond Dove 

The Diamond Dove is a birds of Columbidae family and genus of Geopelia. According to Latham,1801 its scientific name is Geopelia cuneata.

Distribution

The Diamond doves are endemic to Australia and it is widely distributed in arid and semi arid grassland savannah.

Discription 

The Diamond dove is the smallest Australian Dove. Its length is 19 to 21 centimeters or 9 to 11 inches. The Diamond dove small but long tailed,white tipped outer tail feathers. The male diamond dove’s head,neck and breast are light blue-grey,bill is a dark grey,abdomen is a creamy colour and tail is a brown-grey colour.

The female diamond dove is similar to male dove but it has more brown suffusion on all grey parts. But the juveniles have a light grey bill, the iris and eye ring is fawn in color.

Behaviour 

The Diamond dove is often seen on the ground. Mostly found in pairs or small groups. Its flight is strong and direct but sometimes undulating. The diamond dove’s nests are usually built from interwoven grasses. Usually it laid two white eggs and incubated for 13 to 14 days. Their chicks fully feathered and flying by two weeks.

Temperature 

The Diamond dove can stand freezing temperature for a day or two but its best to provide a heat source.

Feeding 

Usually it feed on the ground for seeds from herbs and grasses. They will also eat ants.

Sounds 

The Diamond dove have a variety of calls. The calls sound mournful, slow and soft.

Captivity

The Diamond doves considered a domesticated birds. In winter season, when the birds suffer in cold and should not be placed near drafts than can be used as a supplemental heat source. The Diamond doves live for 15 to 28 years in her captivity and in the wild they only live for about 3 to 5 years.

Scientific classification

Kingdom : Animalia

Phylum : Chordata

Class : Aves

Order : Columbiformes

Family : Columbidae

Genus : Geopelia

Species : G.cuneata

Reference

Wikipedia

Dovepage.com

Parrots and Pigeons of Australia

Field guide to the birds of Australia, 6th Edition

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