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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 (32)
Nicky5378
Ringneck doves are such beautiful birds! At first my ...
Review by: Nicky5378 (4) 8 days ago
  • Currently 100
4.50
1 photo
EricPickard
Some people aren't fond of doves; I myself love addin...
Review by: EricPickard (17) 10 days ago
  • Currently 100
4.00
1 photo
swoods924
I have owned several doves - at most 4 at one time. T...
Review by: swoods924 (6) 22 days ago
  • Currently 100
4.00
1 photo
auroradewater
I was given 5 doves. One was pure white and the other...
Review by: auroradewater (30) February 11, 2015 13:53
  • Currently 100
5.00
2 photos
Jmwhite21
Ringneck doves are a great choice for anyone who love...
Review by: Jmwhite21 (5) January 26, 2015 22:54
  • Currently 100
5.00
2 photos
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  • Currently 100
5.0 (1)
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