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Ringneck dove (Streptopelia capicola)

Ringneck doves are among the most gentle and forgiving birds we know.  They are easily tamed to eat out of your hand and while they sometimes object to being held, they soon forgive you.  It isn’t easy to keep our population of Ringneck doves under control since the species reproduces easily and quickly.  In addition, they are excellent parents.

Pandemonium came into existence because of a Ringneck dove that was found hurt by the side of a road.  We later found out that she had been dropped by a hawk.  It is likely that our first dove was a casualty of a release. The ‘white doves’ that are released by professionals are actually homing pigeons, trained to return to their roosts. When Ringneck doves are released, they have little or no skills to survive on their own.  After they are released, they often die due to starvation, predators or the elements. If you plan on doing a release of birds for an event, it is important to make sure you have the right type of bird - a homing pigeon.