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Diamond Dove

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Photo © by Tom TarrantEulo, Queensland, Australia, April 2004
Photo © by Tom Tarrant
Eulo, Queensland, Australia, April 2004
Photo © by Peter DayBirdsville Track, Queensland, Australia, July 2018
Photo © by Peter Day
Birdsville Track, Queensland, Australia, July 2018
Geopelia cuneata

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[edit] Identification

19-21cm.

  • Slate grey head, neck and breast
  • Cream belly
  • Small white spots on shoulders
  • Rusty primary flight feathers with grey edges
  • Dark grey outer tail feathers
  • Pink legs and feet
  • Orange red iris
  • Red eye ring

Female

  • Browner head, neck and upperparts
  • Smaller eye ring

[edit] Distribution

Arid interior of Australia.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Arid woodland, lightly timbered country near water, grasslands, gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes grass seeds.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is woven from grasses and twigs. The 2 white eggs are laid and incubated for 13-14 days; the young fledgings 2 weeks later.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Diamonddove.com
  3. Wikipedia

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