Diamond Dove

Diamond Dove perched on a dead branchWhat does it look like? This slender dove is Australia’s smallest and is named after the numerous small white spots on its wings. The remainder of its plumage is bluish-grey on the head, neck and breast, cream on the belly and grey-brown on the back, wings and long thin tail. It has a conspicuous orange-red eye-ring which further distinguishes it from the superficially similar Peaceful Dove Geopelia placida, which has a bluish eye-ring and is generally more plump, with black and white barring on the hindneck and upper breast, and black edges to the wing and back feathers.

Where does it live? Occurs throughout most of mainland Australia, but more common from western New South Wales and Queensland through northern South Australia and the Northern Territory to northern and central Western Australia.

What are its habitats and habits? The endemic Diamond Dove inhabits drier grasslands and open woodlands throughout Australia’s arid interior and west, where it feeds on seeds on the ground, often in small groups. They are seldom encountered far from water.

Scientific name: Geopelia cuneata

Size: 19 to 21 cm

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