White Dove

Name

White dove

Scientific Name

Columba livia domestica

Characteristics

White doves (or release doves) are part of the Columbidae family, of which there are over 300 species.

They are hardy birds that can adapt to almost any environment. Doves can be found in a variety of habitats worldwide, although they prefer woodlands and tropical forests.

The Columbidae family are birds are known for their ability to produce crop milk. This ‘milk’ is secreted from a part of the bird’s digestive tract, called the crop, and regurgitated by the bird to feed its young.

Pigeons and doves usually lay 2 eggs in a clutch. If one of the eggs fails to hatch, then the surviving squab (baby bird) will consume all of the crop milk and grow at a significantly faster rate.

You may see lots of doves in this area of the zoo farm. They nest in a dovecote near the ticket office and enjoy roaming around the zoo, looking for food!

Diet

They eat a variety of grains, seeds, berries and grasses. They will also eat the occasional insect or worm.

Size Fact

They usually weigh between 350-400g.

Food Fact

Doves primarily feed on seeds, nuts and fruits.

Fun Fact

Doves feature in the biblical story of Noah’s Ark! They are a universal symbol of peace.

IUCN Red list

Domestic doves are not endangered.

Where do I live?

Doves are part of the Columbidae family which are found world-wide.

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