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Diamond Dove

Diamond Dove
origin:Australia
scientific name:Geopelia cuneata
family:Columbidae
dimensions:19 to 21 cm
compatibility: goodsinging ability: goodloudiness: loud
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History [ edit ]

Diamond Doves, the symbol of Peace, can be found in the wild in Central and Northern Australia, near watercourses. They belong to the genus Geopelia which includes other four long tailed doves: Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida), Barred Dove (Geopelia maugeia) and Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis). The Diamond Dove is the most kept among these by aviculturists and it is considered common in the wild.

In general, this bird is considered semi-domesticated since it has been bred in captivity for a long time. 
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Housing [ edit ]

The Diamond Dove, unlike most birds, needs space on the ground to walk. They like to pick the seeds from the ground and when not flying the Diamond Doves usually like to walk around on the floor. The cage should also contain some perches wide apart so that they can fly from one to the other. They will do ok in a medium to large flight cage or in an aviary, kept in pairs or with other species. Although they get along with these, Diamond Doves can be aggressive towards their own. The best is to keep them in pairs with or without other species, like finches and softbills, with whom they get along fine, if the cage is roomy enough.

These are very hardy birds that can handle very low temperatures, but usually for short periods of time. The best is to provide a heating source to prevent frostbite.

Although considered domesticated, planted aviaries usually result well since their nervousness tends to fade if they have more secluded areas.
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Diet [ edit ]

There couldn’t be anything easier than to feed these birds. Finch seeds and white millet is a good base diet for these little doves. As complement green food can be added and grit should be available.
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Temperament [ edit ]

Untamed Diamond Doves can be nervous, unlike the domesticated ones that have a gentle personality. These ones are peaceful and can bond with their owner. They make excellent first pets since they don´t require much maintenance. No special food is needed, they aren´t aggressive or need any special kind of education, they can be obtained at relatively low cost and are prolific breeders. However they do need space and a lot of attention since it´s not healthy for them to be long periods of time without company. The best thing to do if you don´t have enough time to spend with them is to keep Diamond Doves in pairs.
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General appearance [ edit ]

Doves are small pigeons, and the only difference between these two is the size. Diamond Doves have gray to blue shades in the wild and have brown over the back and wings. The eyes are orange to red with a darker cere surrounding them. Sexing is possible by observing the amount of brown shade on the upper-body - hens are browner - and the eye rings color - cocks have them brighter. Diamond Doves got their names from the bright white spots that they also have along the wings.
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Mutations [ edit ]

There are many color mutations in the Diamond Dove. Blue or wild type is how it is called the original color of the Diamond Doves. Silver was the first color mutation, where the brown was replaced by grey and the bird is almost of only this color. Fawn, cream, chestnut-red were the other mutations that followed. More recently, pieds were also created. This one presents markings all over the body. The pied can be combined with any color. The chocolate pied is one of the most appreciated mutations.
 
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