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  EXOTIC (WILD) SPECIES - Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)


Adult male: The forehead is pale grey shading into the darker grey at the top of the head, over and behind the eyes. The nape is earthy-brown. The neck and upper mantle are buffy-brown, each feather with a blackish terminal band and two blackish subterminal bands forming a finely barred pattern. The wing coverts are olive-brown becoming greyer on the outer greater coverts. These are rather square-ended with distinct narrow black terminal fringes which line up to form a barred pattern. The tertials are olive brown, often with blackish apical bands. The secondaries are brown with narrow paler fringes and the primaries are dark brown with narrow whitish fringes tinged chestnut when in fresh plumage. The mantle is olive-brown with narrow black terminal fringes. The back and rump are grey-brown with poorly defined darker brown terminal fringes. The uppertail-coverts are grey-brown. The central tail feathers are olive-brown becoming darker on the tips. The outer four feathers are black with white tips extending up the outerwebs. The tail is strongly graduated; outermost feathers one-third the length of the central pair and white on the apical halves. The chin and throat are pale grey. The sides of the neck, breast and flanks are greyish-white becoming buffer on the flanks, each feather with three subterminal bands forming a finely barred pattern. The foreneck and centre of the breast are vinous-pink, merging into the yellowish-buff belly and whitish-buff undertail-coverts. The undertail is largely white with a black base. The underwing-coverts are chestnut with black barring. Innerwebs of the primaries are rufous, with tips and outerwebs grey-brown. The tip of the outer primary is strongly emarginated on the apical third. The iris is white to blue-grey. The orbital skin is blue, greenish or blue-grey. The bill is brownish-grey on the tip, and bluer at the base. Feet are dull pink to purple.

Adult female: Very similar to the male but the pinkish centre of the breast is narrower, barring extending further onto the breast.

Juvenile: Upperparts are warmer brown with the barring extending into the crown and nape. Tertials with broad blackish bands, are rufous on the tips. Barring of the underparts is less distinct and extends right across the breast.

Other Names:

Barred Dove, Barred Ground Dove


Natural Habitat:

South South-East Asia to Java Bali and Lombok. Introduced to the Philipines, Sulawesi, Borneo, St. Helena, Seychellees, Hawaii and Tahiti. Drier areas where open woodland and scrub predominate.

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