- 10.2–10.6 in
- 17.7–19.7 in
- 4.6–5.9 oz
- Ringed Turtle-Dove, Barbary Dove, Ring Dove, Domestic Ringdove
- Tourterelle rieuse (French)
- The Ringed Turtle-Dove seems to have had the fear of large, strange, or moving creatures bred out of it more than any other domesticated bird, and individuals are readily made hand-tame. The recognition of predatory birds remains, however, and it shows standard hawk-escaping dove behavior. One common response to a hawk is to "freeze" motionless. This behavior undoubtedly worked well with its normal, darker plumage in its natural habitat, but the pale domesticated form stands out conspicuously against green lawns.
Open woodland and parks around people.
- Clutch Size
- 2 eggs
- Egg Description
- Condition at Hatching
- Helpless with creamy buff down.
Flimsy platform of twigs, in tree or bush.
Feeds mostly on ground.
Feral populations do not seem to be able to maintain themselves without being provided food by people.
- American Ornithologists' Union. 1998. Check-list of North American Birds, 7th ed. American Ornithologists' Union, Washington, D.C.
- Cramp, S., et al. 1985. The Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa: The Birds of the Western Palearctic. Volume IV: Terns to Woodpeckers. Oxford University Press.
- Goodwin, D. 1983. Pigeons and doves of the world. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York.