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Diamond Dove

(Geopelia cuneata)
Alternate name(s): "Little Dove", "Red-eyed Dove"; misnomer: "Turtle-dove*"
Aboriginal name(s): "mennabroonka" (WA)

Size: 20-24 cm
Weight: 23-32 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Diamond Dove at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Diamond Dove (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Close-up lateral view of a male Diamond Dove feeding on the ground; note the prominent red eye-ring and the richness of the speckle pattern on its wings
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2013]

Lateral view of a male Diamond Dove feeding on the ground
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2013]

Lateral view of a male Diamond Dove feeding on the edge of a gravel track
[Tiger Bay Wetlands, Warren, NSW, December 2016]

Lateral view of a male Diamond Dove hiding in the shade of a shrub
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, January 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a male Diamond Dove (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Near-dorsal view of a male Diamond Dove feeding on the ground
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2013]

Dorsal view of a male Diamond Dove (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Dorsal view of a male Diamond Dove
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2013]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a Diamond Dove; given the inconspicuous eye-ring, this is probably a female
[Near Walgett, NSW, June 2012]

Near-frontal view of the same Diamond Dove as shown above
[Near Walgett, NSW, June 2012]

Lateral view of the same Diamond Dove as shown above; the sparsity of specks on its wing also suggests that this is a female bird
[Near Walgett, NSW, June 2012]

Lateral view of a Diamond Dove (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Boolardy Station, Murchison, WA, August 2016]

Lateral view of a Diamond Dove (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Near-dorsal view of a Diamond Dove (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Moree, NSW, December 2012]

Dorsal view of a (probably female) Diamond Dove
[Near Narrabri, NSW, December 2008]

Diamond Dove on red soil
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2009]

3 Diamond Doves in the tropical North of Australia (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Marrakai track, NT, August 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Sedentary/dispersive Elementary unit: Pair/family

Diamond Doves are not shy at all and let people (and also cars) approach very closely. Being seedeaters, Diamond Doves are often found foraging by the sides of gravel or dirt roads.

We have observed a Diamond Dove flapping its wings, either both or only one, while sitting in a tree, possibly for cooling blood vessels in near-40 degree heat (see photos below).

Diamond Dove flapping both wings...
[Near Louth, NSW, March 2008]

... or just one.
[Near Louth, NSW, March 2008]

Food, Diet

Adults: Seeds Dependents: Regurgitated seeds Water intake: Daily

All pigeons and doves are strictly vegetarian. Diamond Doves are seed-eaters.

Diamond Dove feeding on the seeds of weeds in grassland
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2013]

This male Diamond Dove and female Peaceful Dove were observed foraging together in grassland
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2013]

Male Diamond Dove (left) with two females, feeding on a dirt road
[Near Narran Lakes NR, NSW, March 2008]

Diamond Dove as an example of a general rule that we have noticed - when pecking at something, birds (at least seed-eaters) close their eyes
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2013]

Female Diamond Dove drinking water (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Innamincka Road, SA, October 2016]

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