Peaceful Dove – sex differences and courting

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“These are specially taken for Krys Kazmierczak. Since he educated me on how to differentiate the sexes for Peaceful Doves (Geopelia striata) I have been taking lots of images to verify and document this.

“Krys says: “You need to see the bird from the front. In the female the barring at the sides of the breast and flanks extends further in to the centre. On the male the unbarred area in the centre of the breast and belly is much wider. It is described in Pigeons and Doves: A Guide to Pigeons and Doves of the World by David Gibbs, Eustace Barnes and John Cox. 2001”

“Watched this couple courting and mating.

“In the video (combination of two taken hand-held videos) the male is initially on the right and then changes over to being on the left. The male is the primary bird initiating most courting activities. Once you see the female bowing down for mating. The actual mating event was observed but was unfortunately missed on video.

“The courting can be quite ‘strong’ with the male almost pecking the female as he offers preening (see composite of courting – top). Close-up of female to show the barring at the sides of the breast extends further in to the centre (left)

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Chemor, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
12th February 2011

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