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Habitat/Range: White doves are domestic rock doves (or rock pigeons) that are bred for their white coloration.
Behavior: Since these are domesticated birds, they do not possess the instincts or skills required to survive in the wild.
Breeding: These doves are bred in captivity for release services such as weddings. The Vatican used to practice dove release on special occasions, but has since stopped after several incidents where doves were immediately killed by predators. Turns out releasing domesticated animals into the wild is not a good idea!
Conservation: Rock doves are of Least Concern. They were introduced in the U.S. for scenery during Shakespearean plays and are now an invasive species.
Habitat/Range: Ring-necked doves are common across southern and eastern Africa.
Behavior: They adapt to their arid environment by clustering around waterholes.
Breeding: Rink-necked doves are monogamous nesters and build flimsy, platform nests in tree forks 2-10 meters above the ground.
Conservation: Listing: Least Concern.
White Doves: White Doves are domestic Rock Doves (or pigeons) that are bred for their white coloration. Rock Doves were introduced to North America from Europe for their use as scenery in Shakespeare plays and are now an invasive species in North America.
Ring-necked Doves: Ring-necked Doves are the most common doves across eastern and southern Africa. Their wings are a bit darker than the rest of their body; their neck and underside has a pink/lavender tint to it. They have a crescent or half collar across the back of their neck.
Mourning Doves: Mourning Doves are common across North America. They are a small, slender dove with black spots on their wings. Their “coo” is soft, drawn out and sounds sorrowful (hence their name).
Spotted Doves: Spotted Doves are native to South Asia but have since been introduce to North America. They have white spots across the back of their neck.
Collared Doves: Eurasian Collared Doves are found across North America. They are mostly a sandy collar and have a black crescent or “collar” across the back of the neck.