Ringneck doves are primarily seed eaters, but in captivity it is important for them to have a balanced diet. A parakeet-sized seed mix should be offered, mixed with larger grains such as cracked corn, oat groats, and safflower seed. Parakeet pellets should be offered to supply necessary vitamins and minerals.

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A young dove that has been hand tamed and is kept singly will require interaction with humans several times each day, as well as time out of its cage to exercise.

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They feed mainly on seeds (of grasses, cereal grains, lupins, milkweeds,[5] alien acacias and pines), but also on broken fruit and berries (of oaks, gums, currants and Lantana), and insects on occasion (earthworms, termites, weevils and other).[6] Other recorded food items include small sedge bulbs, fleshy succulent leaves, aloe nectar and sugary aphid secretions.[6]

Ringneck doves originally come from warm, dry areas of Africa, so while they can tolerate average household temperatures they should not be exposed to drafts. If they are housed outdoors in areas where winter temperatures drop below freezing, they require heated quarters or an indoor enclosure during those months.

Disinfect the cage and perches with bleach water regularly while keeping the birds in a separate room. Bleach fumes can kill your birds. Allowing the cage to air dry in sunlight is a natural way to disinfect. Make sure the smell from the bleach is completely gone before you put your bird back inside the cage.

We have had a pair of dives for almost ten years. They live in a custom built birdcage. As if recent we are considering selling both, doves and cage. If they are relocated, would that have detrimental effect on them.? Us it possible for them to die..?

Birds can be scared to death. Frightening a bird can cause the bird enough stress to harm and possibly kill it. Move slowly and talk quietly to your bird until it is comfortable with you and its new home.

Their body feathers are darkest on the upper side, where they are coloured in dull tones of grey and brown, with shades of lavender on the nape.[6] It is paler below, where a tint of pinkish lavender is usually present. The lower belly and crissum is white.[4] As with related species, they have white fringes and conspicuous white tips to the otherwise slate grey tail feathers. The tail pattern is particularly noticeable during the display flight.

When changing the food your bird is given, do so gradually. A sudden change may upset your bird's digestive system, or the bird may refuse to eat the new food. We currently feed Kaytee™ seed and pellets along with many fresh fruits and vegetables to our birds.

If feeding fruits the stool may become runny for a while. Many birds cannot tolerate too much acid that is in many citrus fruits, therefore we recommend limiting the amount of citrus you feed to your bird.

On appearance alone it may also be confused with the Eurasian collared dove, vinaceous dove, red-eyed dove, red turtle dove, mourning collared dove or the Barbary dove, a popular cage bird with isolated feral populations. The red-eyed dove is generally similar with an identical display flight.[5] It however has dark wine red eyes, is larger and darker altogether, with a grey belly and grey tail tips.[4] The mourning collared dove has more grey about the head, and pale yellow eyes.[4]

Birds that are eating a well-balanced diet of pellets, seeds and greens may not need vitamin or mineral supplementation, but it is best to consult with your veterinarian for more information. This is especially important for birds that are breeding, as a deficiency of vitamins and minerals can cause serious health problems for both parents and offspring.

Clean the cage, perches and toys daily with warm soapy water. Use a non-toxic cleaner such as mild dish soap and make sure the soap is completely rinsed off when you are finished cleaning.

Birds like to bathe, but different birds prefer to bathe in different ways. Some like to bathe in a shallow dish, some like to be sprayed with a fine mist. Hand-tamed doves may even enjoy a bath in the shower with their owner or in a sink. Bathing is important to the health of feathers and skin and opportunities to bathe should be offered daily.

A wire cage at least 3' L x 3' W x 3' H is required to house one pair of ringneck doves. A single hand-tamed dove can be kept in a slightly smaller cage, 2' L x 2' W x 2'H. The bigger the cage, the better, as these birds need room to fly. The bar spacing should be no more than 3/4" apart to prevent injuries.

Ringneck doves are a gentle species of bird that have been domesticated for over 1,000 years. Though their original plumage was a mixture of browns and grays, they come now in a variety of colors, including fawn, pied, tangerine, and white.

Always wash your hands before and after handling each animal.

I live in Southern MD. A Feral Ringneck dove has come to my house. I talk to him and he is not afarid of people. Do you think he could be an escapee and what should I do to keep him safe

Rotate toys when the bird becomes disinterested in them, but remember to never place an unfamiliar object in the cage without first introducing it to the bird in a neutral location, such as hanging it on the outside of the cage or placing it in a visible location across the room. Doves can be easily frightened by brightly colored objects. Mirrors are not recommended for doves.

Keep the bird in a draft free area. Room temperature of 72 degrees is normally good for most birds, although we suggest researching your specific bird to determine the optimum temperature. Keep the cage away from doors, windows and heating/cooling ducts to prevent excessive heating or chilling of the bird, which can result in illness.

When taking your new bird home please remember that the surroundings in your home will be new to it and it may take some time for the bird to feel settled in their new environment. Speak softly and move very slowly whenever you are near the bird's cage. DO not try to handle the bird for at least the first few days as the bird needs time to adjust to the new home.

You should have toys in the cage to prevent boredom. Bored birds are known to have behavior problems. Birds need to be active to maintain good health and to prevent them from becoming overweight. Foraging toys are excellent because they stimulate the natural avian instinct to look for food.

Hi all, over the past 6 months I have been feeding up to 6 ringneck Doves in our backyard. Started out as a pair, then there were 6 and now it varies.i do not know where the "live" but come to the feeders daily.I am in Pacifica.

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It all depends on what kind of home you find them. Why not just have someone babysit them for you while you're gone? There are way too many birds in need of homes and not enough good adopters out there. Please don't think of them as items to be sold but instead, friends or family members who depend on YOU.

Hi I have 3 Male Ringneck Doves and 1 Female.Over the past month she has been pestered by all the Males and has laid 2 eggs on the floor...(one broken & one freezing cold)Dead ??And NOW 1 egg in a little nest.My Avery is large & has a nice warm coup for them to sleep in BUT SHE has decided to use the nest OUTSIDE (and it was -2 last night)I am also worried about the other male Doves IF this baby survives.Will they try to KILL the Chick ?HELP !!! Please XXXThanks Nick.

An immature is duller[10] and lacks the semi-collar of an adult. It also has buff edges to all the upper part and wing covert feathers, while the plumage below is broadly edged greyish-white.[2]

Replace toys and accessories that become worn or damaged, as they can injure your pet.

Individual plumage variation is high, with some light and others almost sooty.[5] Males and females look alike, although the males are slightly bigger. They measure 25–26.5 cm (9.8–10.4 in) in length[4] and weigh 92–188 g (3.2–6.6 oz).[7][8][9] The eyes are almost black, the bill is black and the feet are dark purple.[4][5]

These doves are usually found alone or in pairs, although they do form larger flocks around roosts or sources of food and water,[3][4] sometimes comprising hundreds of birds. They are quite noisy in these groups, not only for the various calls they make throughout the day, or often into (mainly moonlit)[6] nights, but also due to the loud clatter[4] of their wings when they take flight.

There are six races.[11] They differ mainly in plumage shade, with those of dry regions being paler and greyer.[6] Western Ethiopian and South Sudan birds are sometimes separated from S. c. tropica as S. c. electa (Madarász, 1913).

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There should be at least three different perch sizes in each cage, the smallest no less than 3/4" in diameter. Offering perches of different textures, such as natural wood, rope and concrete, is beneficial to the health of the birds' feet and helps to keep their nails groomed. They will also need a number of separate dishes for food, water, grit and greens.

The coo of the Barbary dove is created by muscles that vibrate air sent up from the dove's lungs. These muscles belong to the fastest known class of vertebrate muscles, contracting as much as ten times faster than muscles vertebrates use for running. This class of muscles is usually found in high speed tissue such as a rattlesnake's tail. Barbary doves are the first bird species to have been found to have this class of muscle.[4]

Never offer your your birds avocado, rhubarb, chocolate, any food product containing caffeine, meat and dairy products, or alcohol. These foods are toxic to birds.

With a well balanced diet you should not need to give your bird vitamin supplements. Before giving any supplements consult your avian vet. If you use supplements in the bird's water, make sure you clean and wash the water dish daily to remove any residue from the supplements.