Scientific Name: Geopelia cuneata
IUCN World Conservation Status: LEAST CONCERN
Australia’s smallest pigeon, the Diamond dove can grow up to 21cm and live for up to 25 years.
They tend to be seen in pairs, sometimes forming small flocks of up to 30 birds. It is extensively bred and readily available in captivity, so much so that it is generally considered to be a domestic dove.
There are several mutations and colour varieties with the most popular being silver. Others include varieties that are all white, dark grey, dark brown, red, yellow, cinnamon and some which have multiple colours.
Diamond doves are native to Australia.
Open terrain, grasslands and sparsely wooded areas close to water are the diamond dove’s preferred habitats. They are also found in the parks and gardens of cities and towns.
Feeding from the ground, these birds eat mostly seed from grasses. They will also eat ants and a variety of greens and vegetables. Diamond doves are also known to consume grit to help digest the seeds.
This species breeds mostly in spring when it builds a nest of dry leaves and twigs. The female doves lay 2 eggs, which will hatch in 13-14 days.