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EXOTIC (WILD) SPECIES - Aisan Dwarf Turtle Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)


Male: The head is a soft blue-grey with the rump and upper tail the same blue-grey. The iris is brown to black. The orbital skin shows greyish. Bill black with a greyer base and cere. The neck shows a broad black collar around the back. The back and wings are a wine red. The primary coverts and flight feathers are a blackish brown. The central tail feathers are the grey of the rump with the outer tail feathers being the blackish brown. The end halves are white on the outermost three tail feathers and grey on the others. Following the underline, the chin shows a light, white to a pale pink on the throat and a darker pink on the breast to the belly. The undertail coverts are white with the undertail white with black beginnings to the outer feathers. The under wing shows a pale grey to white on the inner coverts and black brown on the flights. The feet are a dark red.

Female: On the female the forehead is a grey brown with the overall top line showing brown. The flight feathers show dark brown while the back and rump are more gray. The throat is a pale grey blending into the brown grey breast and belly. The undertail coverts show white. The underwings are off white with brown flight feathers.

Juvenile: The juvenile shows coloration very similar to the female except they lack the black collar. Many of the body and wing feathers show buff fringes and the primary coverts show chestnut tips.

Other Names:

Red Collared Dove, Red Ring Dove, Red Turtle Dove

Subspecies: S. t. tranquebarica and S. t. humilis

Natural Habitat:

They prefer the dry, open country and scrubland

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Housing: These small doves do well in long planted flights with ample flying room, multiple perches and some direct sunlight.

Temperatures: They are cold tolerant. Jeff Downing keeps his out in their flights all winter long where temperatures can be blow freezing for days at a time. The wire is covered in plastic to protect against the winds and the birds can get under cover from the elements.

Feeding: Good clean fresh water at all times. Feed a good clean variety of mixed seeds from medium to small in size. Some soft foods are also appreciated, like steamed wild rice, hard boiled egg, meal worms and soaked grain breads.

Breeding: They prefer to nest high under cover in open baskets or open boxes making their nest with dried grasses, long pine needles and twigs.

Numbers: This species is moderately available in the US from private breeders


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Notes: The male sounds like a "chainsaw" while courting the female. Coo Audio File (male)

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