Geopelia cuneate

Description

The Diamond Dove is Australia's smallest pigeon, they are a brown/grey colour with a red ring around their eyes and small white spots on their wings. The adults have red legs while the juvenile's legs are grey. They fly and roost in flocks and are always in at least pairs or groups.

Distribution

Diamond Doves occur in all states in Australia except Tasmania.

Lifespan

The life expectancy of a Diamond Dove is around 10 years.

Size

The Diamond Dove's size ranges from 19 - 24 centimetres in length once they are fully grown. They can also weigh up to 45 grams.

Diet

The Diamond Dove feeds entirely on the ground on seeds and also insects. They often feed in large flocks.

Habitat

The Diamond Dove are often found in dry grasslands and open terrain areas particularly around water. They are also occasionally seen in parks and gardens in cities and towns.

Breeding

The Diamond Dove breed all year round after it has rained. They nest low in trees or bushes or even on the ground. Their nest is a fragile platform made up from twigs, grasses and roots.