Blog Archive: Doves

Birdorable Ring-necked Dove

2020 Bonanza Bird #27: Ring-necked Dove

December 20th, 2020 in Birdorable Bonanza 2020, Doves 4 comments
Birdorable Ring-necked Dove

Today we introduce a new species of Birdorable dove – it’s our Ring-necked Dove!

Ring-necked Doves are common across their range, which covers most of the southern half of Africa. Their trilling call is a common sound heard on the African savannah. They are also found in forest, scrub, and plantation habitat.

These birds feed mostly on seeds and fruit, taking insects on occasion. Ring-necked Doves are monogamous and both parents take part in caring for the eggs and raising their chicks.

Ring-necked Dove
Ring-necked Dove by Derek Keats (CC BY 2.0)

Tomorrow’s new species is the main ancestor of the modern domestic chicken. You can guess the species from this easy clue, can’t you?

Birdorable Pink-headed Fruit Dove

2020 Bonanza Bird #12: Pink-headed Fruit Dove

December 5th, 2020 in Birdorable Bonanza 2020, Doves 1 comment
Birdorable Pink-headed Fruite Dove

Today’s new addition to Birdorable is a colorful species in the dove family. The Pink-headed Fruit Dove joins our Birdorable Pigeons and Doves!

Pink-headed Fruit Doves are easily recognized by their pinkish purple heads and green backs. Their breasts have a spiffy white and black border stripe between the pinkish-purple above and the light grey below. Males, like our Birdorable version, have bright colors; females are similar but with duller vibrance.

They are native to Indonesia, where they live in forest habitat and feed on fruits, figs, and berries.

Pink-headed Fruit Doves are also known as Temminck’s Fruit Pigeons. Coenraad Jacob Temminck was a Dutch zoologist who had a hand in describing and naming over forty species for science, including many birds (Temminck’s Hornbill) and mammals (Temminck’s Flying Squirrel).

Tomorrow we’ll add a very rare stork to Birdorable. The species is named after an explorer, not a weather event. Can you guess the species?

Birdorable European Turtle Dove

12 Days of Birdorable: Two Turtle Doves

December 2nd, 2010 in Doves, 12 Days of Birdorable No comments

On the second day of Birdorable, my true love gave to me ... 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Our 12 Days of Birdorable continues today with Two Turtle Doves. The European Turtle Dove is a small species of dove, recognized by the black-and-white cheek patch and red skin around the eyes.

Two Birdorable Turtle Doves

Turtle Doves are featured in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song as the gift of the second day of Christmas. Turtle Doves appear elsewhere in popular culture, often as a symbol of devoted love.

Birdorable Two Turtle Doves iPhone 3 Case Birdorable Turtle Dove T-Shirt
iPhone 3 Case Basic American Apparel T-Shirt

This is the second day of our 12 Days of Birdorable holiday event. Our first day featured A Partridge in a Pear Tree. Over the next 10 days we will feature another Birdorable bird for our 12 Days of Birdorable. Be sure to check back each day for this fun event!

Birdorable Mourning Dove

Bonanza Bird #10: The Mourning Dove

July 16th, 2010 in Doves, Birdorable Bonanza 2010 4 comments
Birdorable Mourning Dove

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the Mourning Dove! Mourning Doves are widespread across North America, one of the most abundant birds on the continent. They are ground feeders, feasting on seeds and storing extra food in their crop for later digestion. Mourning Doves are common backyard feeder birds who will often spend hours pecking at seeds while remaining relatively still. Believe it or not, Mourning Doves consume up to 20% of their body weight every day. So that's how they maintain their pleasantly plump profile!

Mourning Dove...up close and personal
Mourning Dove by Joanne-V

Tomorrow's bird is a small green bird that's widespread throughout Europe, north Africa and south-west Asia. Can you guess what it is?