(5) Miller, Wilmer J, PhD., "A Note About Minerals and Diet for Doves", American Dove Association Newsletter, Nov/Dec 1987 p. 5

In my opinion if you are going to use a cage of this size then you should plan on allowing your doves free flight time several times a week so they can get the necessary exercise.  See the section labeled "Free Flight Time" on this page.  If you do not feel comfortable with allowing free flight time then I would suggest that you provide your doves with a much larger cage.

(6) Naether, Carl A., Diamond Doves"  Chapter 7 of Raising Doves and Pigeons. New York: David McKay Company, Inc., 1979, pp. 94-99

Subspecies: Diamond Dove Geopelia cuneata cuneata Geopelia cuneata mungi

(7) Proctor and Lynch, Manual of Ornithology, Avian Structure and Function,  New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1993, pp 340.

Currently all four birds are maintaining their body weight and show no signs of dying soon.  The 18 year old male seems the worse as he always wants to sleep, but he too maintains his body weight.

Water, food, and grit can no longer be placed in cage seed cups but will require low containers like large plastic bottle tops like those found on peanut butter jars.  

There are other possibilities including fertility changes with age.  Females can only produce a finite number of eggs.  When the supply is exhausted they will not have any more eggs.  

Potential Problems:   These birds are hardy and healthy if provided with a good environment and a good diet. Avoid an environment that is wet, cool, and drafty.    See About Doves & Pigeons: Potential Problems for information on health.  

The diamond dove (Geopelia cuneata) is a resident bird in Australia. The dove predominantly exists in areas near water but which are lightly arid or semi-arid in nature, being Central, West and Northern Australia. They are one of Australia's smallest pigeons along with the peaceful dove. They have been spotted occasionally in Southern Australia in parks and gardens when the centre of Australia is very dry.

Diamond doves tend to be seen in pairs or small groups feeding off the ground. They feed off seed mostly from grasses. They will also eat ants.

The diamond dove is a favorite of novices and fanciers alike because of its tiny stature, beautiful appearance, and the fact that it is relatively easy to keep. Originally from Australia, diamond doves can be easily found in pet shops and breed fairly readily, making them a great choice for the bird hobbyist as well. They are best kept in pairs, as they will not appreciate human interaction, but much prefer the company of another bird.

The American Dove Association recommends a mixture of 50% finch seed and 50% white millet.  They will also benefit from a small pellet such as Purina's Small Bird Maintenance Diet. They also recommend treats including spray millet, corn bread, wheat bread, sweet potatoes, crumbled hard boiled eggs with shell, cottage cheese, shredded carrots, and chopped greens.

Diamond doves should be encouraged to eat a variety of greens and vegetables in addition to their seed diets. They swallow seeds whole and should be given access to grit to help digest the seeds. In winter, the birds suffer in cold and should not be placed near drafts; a heating pad or basking rock (such as those sold in pet stores for lizards) can be used as a supplemental heat source, and is greatly enjoyed by many diamond doves.

(8) Vriends, Matthew M., PhD., Doves, A Complete Pet Owner's Manual. Happauge, NY: Barrons Educational Series, Inc., 1994 , pp. 81-83

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   The little Diamond Dove is very popular, second only to the larger Ringneck Dove. It is a most delightful and attractive pet with beautiful white spots or "diamonds' on its wings and shoulders. It is a perfect choice for a beginner as it is very hardy and easy to keep. It will readily breed and makes an excellent foster parent for the young of other small dove species.

Sometimes homes have low humidity levels and if steps are taken to increase the humidity around the nest then often the eggs will hatch. Poor lighting may have an effect on incubation.  Some species place their nest in a location where it will receive a certain amount of sunlight during the day. Other than the above the only other thing I know of that can be done is to be sure the birds have quiet, stress free environment for egg incubation (see below).

As I remember these procedures worked sooner or later with all out dove that started off laying eggs outside the nest.

Doves have different housing needs than parrots. Doves are unable to climb up the cage bars like parrots ca; instead they move about by flying back and forth, which makes a wide cage an important feature. Diamond doves spend a good part of their day on the ground so they should have plenty of room to walk about. Offer a variety of perch styles and of varying diameters, which will help promote good foot health in your dove. Doves also need opportunities for bathing.

Fertilized eggs do not hatch because of a number of reasons:

(4) Gos, Michael W., Doves. Neptune City, NJ: T.F.H. Publications, Inc., 1989, p. 80-84

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I really do not know why doves often choose to not lay their eggs in the nest.  I can guess at some of the reasons but I have not done any experimentation to prove or disprove this reasons

The male of our second oldest pair is about 18 years old and his mate was purchased in 1989 making her at least 16 years old.  He no longer flies and his legs are very weak.  He has a bad eye infection which requires constant treatment and likes to sleep except when he is eating.  

Nepal (Male - 8 years) and Nanda Devi (Female - 3.5 years)

Distribution:     The Diamond Dove is found in central and northern Australia. They are members of a group commonly called the Turtle Doves. They inhabit open terrain, grasslands and sparsely wooded areas especially around water. They are also found in the parks and gardens of cities and towns.

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Diamond doves are not listed as threatened on the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Diamond Dove

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The diamond dove is often seen on the ground, where it runs with a waddling gait. Its flight is strong, direct, and sometimes undulating.[3] The wings can make a whistling "frrr" noise when flying.

Over the years that diamonds have been kept in captivity, breeders have been working to develop birds with a variety of colors.  According to Brown (1) there are 27 colors available.

Doves will often lay their eggs inside a seed cup rather than in the provided nest box.  Why they do this is a mystery to me.

It should be noted that temperatures are not the only limiting factor in diamond habitat but generally diamond are not found along the southern coasts where temperatures can reach freezing.   Both Gibson, Barnes, and Cox's (2) and Goodwin's (3) books display range maps which includes most of the entire country except thin strips along the south and eastern coasts.

(2) Brown, Danny, "Diamond Dove, Geopila cuneata", A Guide to Pigeons, Doves & Quail, Their Management, Care & Breeding, South Tweeds Heads, Australia: Australian Birdkeeper 1995, pp. 114-117

Social Behaviors:    They are good-natured social creatures that do well when kept in cages or in aviaries. Being very peaceful and tolerant, they can be housed kept with finches and canaries. They form permanent pairs and mates do well if kept together.    See About Doves & Pigeons: Social Behaviors for more information on social behaviors of doves and pigeons.

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   The Diamond Dove is not normally handled as it is a bit more flighty and high-strung than the Ringneck Dove.    It is usually kept in an aviary but can also be kept in a cage as long as there is a quiet atmosphere with few disturbances.    Being very peaceful and tolerant, they can be kept with finches and canaries.

Your donation of Nutri-Berries for our cockatiels arrived this morning. I want to thank you for your ongoing support of our lifestyle here at our nursing home.

(3) Gerstenfeld, Sheldon L. V.M.D. The Bird Care Book, All you need to know to keep you bird healthy and happy, Reading, MA ,  Addison-Wesey Publishing Company 1989, pp. 232