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Diamond Dove Species of Bird:

Diamond Doves are small pigeons and are basically an Australian resident.

Diamond doves are hardy birds with a lifespan of up to 15 years and are known for their gentle nature as well as soft cooing. They are ground feeding birds and love to walk on the ground. They dispense a lot of time poking on the ground or the bottom of their cage.

They love to make their nest in open places and might use the seed dish for a nest. You can arrange an open canary nest for them along with dried grass and small twigs. If provided with a good environment and a good diet, these birds will stay healthy and live longer.

You mustn’t keep them in a wet and cool environment as it will add to their discomfort level.

Diamond Doves are social birds and gel well with humans, and thus they have a need to be close to a living being. Below are some tips about how to take care of them in the best possible way.

  • You must place the dove in a lively and hassle free environment. Avoid areas such as near your main doors and also keep the cage away from the TV and Stereo system area. It is recommended to place the cage in locations which have high human activity.
  • Their cage should be long rather than high so that they can fly from perch to perch. The floor should be kept clean so that they can walk freely. During winter there should be an arrangement to keep their living area warm.
  • They must be kept in pairs as they love the company of their own kind.
  • You must regularly clean the cage and the area around the cage to keep the bird and its environment healthy.
  • You must ensure that the cage is located in such a place where the dust levels are low. It is important to keep the bird away from the draught from fans and open windows as constant exposure to draughts will make your bird fall sick.
  • The best diet for diamond dove is a mixture of finch seed and white millet. It is also recommended to treat your birds with quail millets, corn and wheat bread, ground up soup noodles, egg food, occasionally chopped raw vegetables and cottage cheese.
  • It is important for the bird to obtain sufficient Vitamin D3. You can either give supplementary Vitamin D3 or expose the bird to about an hour of sunlight every day.
  • Avoid feeding your bird with chocolate, alcohol, avocado, or caffeine as these are toxic to them.
  • It is advised to visit a bird veterinarian at least once a year to ensure that your diamond dove is healthy.
  Submitted on January 27, 2010