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Ringneck Dove

Ringneck Dove


Species group:
 Exotic Doves and Pigeons

Other name(s): Ring-Necked Dove;
Barbary Dove; Ring Dove; Sacred White Dove; Domestic Ringneck Dove; Laughing Dove
(also used for a different species)

Scientific name: Streptopelia risoria

Appearance

Details: The graceful Ring-necked Dove is a domesticated species that has a long history of being bred in captivity. The white mutation is the most popular, but there are at least 40 mutations, including pied, pink, peach, blond, tangerine, and many more. This gentle, inexpensive, and hardy dove can make a great beginner's pet, while breeding the color mutations can be an involving hobby for the expert seeking a challenge. A cooperative and attractive white mutation has gained fame as the popular magician's dove. Alas, the half-collar or “ring neck” is not a identification tool, since several other species possess this field mark, creating endless confusion. However, if it's a domesticated ring-neck pigeon species, this is the bird.

Be aware that Ring-necked Doves have little or no homing instinct. The white doves released in ceremonies should be white Homer Racing Pigeons, so that the birds will know how to safely return to their loft at the conclusion of their flight. It would be irresponsible to release white Ring-necked Doves into the wild, as their likely fate would be to become a predator's meal.
Reviews
Owners say:
Wonderful:
affectionate, sweetest, beginner bird ringneck, different colors, beautiful cooing, hardy bird
Challenging:
health problems, draft free area, finicky eaters, surprisingly messy, occasional rebel female, big cage
Interesting:
beautiful tangerine pearl, poor nest builders, dove seed mix, wonderful relaxation therapy
Overall review
  • Currently 100
4.2 (39)
Clemmy
I've only had my dove for about 3 months, but we're a...
Review by: Clemmy (0) updated December 06, 2015 02:33
  • Currently 100
4.50
2 photos
Sky07
Breeding these doves was definitely a learning experi...
Review by: Sky07 (6) October 26, 2015 12:10
  • Currently 100
4.00
1 photo
Germa76
I own a white dove, which is a like a pigeon if you d...
Review by: Germa76 (2) September 09, 2015 16:01
  • Currently 100
3.25
1 photo
DFranklin
I started training ringneck doves when I realized how...
Review by: DFranklin (2) July 09, 2015 21:49
  • Currently 100
4.50
1 photo
jess_ebbs
In taking care of many birds in the past 5-10 years o...
Review by: jess_ebbs (22) June 10, 2015 16:11
  • Currently 100
5.00
1 photo
Funny (1 video)
Ringo
  • Currently 100
5.0 (1)
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