Bali Safari Birds – The Zebra Dove
People in Thailand and Indonesia believe that if you having this birds in home, it will bring the good luck. The species is known for its pleasant, soft, staccato cooing calls. Their call is so special that they have cooing contests every year in Thailand. Can you guess which bird is it? – Those birds people love is The Zebra Dove!
The Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata), also known as the barred ground dove, or barred dove. They are species of bird of the dove family, Columbidae.
The native range of the species extends from Southern Thailand, Tenasserim, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Sumatra and Java of Indonesia. It may also be native to Borneo, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, and the Philippine islands.
They usually inhabits scrubland, farmland, and open country in low-lying areas and is commonly perch in parks and gardens. They have life span for about 10 years.
Zebra Dove is a bird with a small body, with length up to 23 cm and body weight only 50-60 gram! It also have a small and slender with a long, narrow tail. The head is gray, with a finely stripe neck and sides. While the back is brown with black edges resembling the zebra pattern.
Diet & Behaviours
The diets of zebra dove bird are small grasses, weed seeds, insects and other small invertebrates. They prefer to forage on bare ground, short grass or on roads, running around with rodent-like movements. Their coloration camouflages them remarkably on the ground.
The mating season occurs on September – June. The female can produces 1-2 eggs with 13-18 days incubation period by both parents.