Your E-mail:
Will your bird get a holiday gift this year?

Why Not A Dove or Pigeon?

Four reasons why a dove or pigeon might be the perfect pet bird for you.

Laura Doering

Diamon Dove

Some are smaller than you think. Diamond doves, for instance, are much smaller and more petite than a cockatiel at 71/2 inches. The second most popular companion dove, the ring-necked dove, is around 10 inches.

2) You can house diamond doves and ring-necked doves indoors. You don’t need an outside aviary, just a large flight cage no smaller than 18 by 18 by 30 inches (larger is always better).

3) They’re not aggressive. You won’t have to worry about broody, hormonal behavior being taken out on you; just the amorous cooing of the male if he’s around a female.

4) They have hearty appetites. Most eat a seed mix, along with cooked brown rice, mixed vegetables and shredded greens. Since they swallow their seed whole, you won’t have to contend with wayward seed hulls; just be sure to give them grit to help them digest their food.

Popular Doves: Diamond Doves
(Geopelia cuneate)
The common name refers to their wing coverts, which have white dots.

The male not only coos, but performs a dedicated courtship dance. That said, they are happiest when kept as a male/female pair, (males might fight). 

Native to Australia, they inhabit open grasslands and scrub brush. You can make them feel secure by placing their cage  near a wall and placing bird-safe branches or plants around.

Diamond doves can live up to 15 years, if properly cared for.

Printer Friendly

Posted: August 15, 2013, 6:00 p.m. PDT

 Give us your opinion on
Why Not A Dove or Pigeon?

Submit a Comment or
Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?

Top Products
BirdChannel Home | Bird Breeders | Bird Species | Related Links | BirdChannel Editors and Contributors
                       | Birds USA |  
Disclaimer: The posts and threads recorded in our message boards do not reflect the opinions of nor are endorsed by I-5 Publishing, LLC nor any of its employees. We are not responsible for the content of these posts and threads.
Copyright ©  I-5 Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.
Our Privacy Policy has changed. Your California Privacy Right/Privacy Policy
Advertise With Us  |  SiteMap  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Community Guidelines | Bird eClub Terms
BirdChannel Newsletter Signup | Link to Us | About Us | More Great I-5 Sites
Gold Standard

*Content generated by our loyal visitors, which includes comments and club postings, is free of constraints from our editors’ red pens, and therefore not governed by I-5 Publishing, LLC’s Gold Standard Quality Content, but instead allowed to follow the free form expression necessary for quick, inspired and spontaneous communication.

Become a fan of BirdChannel on Facebook Follow BirdChannel on Twitter
Get social and connect with BirdChannel.

Hi my name's Harley

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!
Information on over 200 critter species