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17 Fascinating & Fun Dove Facts You Never Knew
Doves are common sights in the United States. You may look out your window and see one perched on your birdbath or fence, especially if you have bird feeders. There are many different species of doves, but they share similar characteristics. Keep reading to learn more about these interesting birds.
17 Fascinating Dove Facts:
Doves as Pets
Many people keep doves as pets. They’re docile birds and make sweet companions. Since doves want to bond with a mate, it’s preferred that you keep two together.
As a peaceful but easily frightened bird, the dove is usually timid and happy to interact with other doves. Some doves can never be fully tamed. You won’t have the same interactions with them that you will with other companion birds. They can’t climb cage bars, and they don’t play with toys the same way that a parrot does, for instance. Doves can get used to humans and eventually might take food from their hands, but they prefer to be social with other birds.
A wide cage is important because doves move around by flying, not climbing. They need a few perches at different heights and enough room to fly to them. These perches should be different widths and textures to keep your dove’s feet healthy. A dish large enough for them to bathe in will keep them happy.
What Kind of Dove Can I Get?
Two types of doves are commonly sold in pet stores: Diamond Doves and Ring-Necked Doves. You can find more types available through dove breeders. The Mourning Dove is protected under the Migratory Bird Act, and it’s illegal to own them.
There are many different types of doves. These gentle birds are beautiful with peaceful dispositions. They have a variety of colors and markings that make them pleasing to watch. You can attract them to your yard with seed and water. They usually show up in pairs, but a single dove perched on your birdbath is not an uncommon sight. We hope that you learned a few things about doves that you never knew before. If you’re considering getting a dove or two, check bird rescues and shelters for doves that are looking for a home. Your perfect companion may be waiting for you to adopt them.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.