AUSTRALIAN CRESTED DOVE
As a worldwide known symbol of peace, there are about 300 varieties of Doves, with only a few kept as pets. Doves, a symbol of peace and often released at weddings, are graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed birds in various colors. They have a distinctive call, with the females being quiet while the males bow and cooing.
Doves are very docile and affectionate. Although they don’t like to be held, they do warm up to people and learn to eat from your hand. Doves are sweet, curious, loving, and very social, doing best in pairs. They don’t bite or peck and are overall low-maintenance pets.
Food: Doves eat a wide variety of grains, seeds, greens, fruits, berries, insects, and earthworms. However, their favorite foods as pets are sunflower seeds, millet, milo, wheat, and cracked corn. They also need extra grit, which is crucial to aid digestion and calcium during the breeding season.
Habitat: These birds love a variety of areas, including Savannas, grasslands, woodlands and forests, deserts, mangrove forests, and barren sands.
Breeding season: March – September
Egg clutch: 1 or 2
Incubation period: 14 days
Average Weights: Male 5.5 oz, Female 4 oz.