Zebra Dove – mating

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Took a complete Coronavirus free day to enjoy birds and nature (within the restrictions of our partial lockdown). Observe a pair of Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) mating (above).

Courtship involves the male bowing and lifting up of the tail with accompanying cooing calls. There is also a ‘begging’ posture (above) by the male as he woos the female.

Louds calls before and after mating. I observed three episodes of copulation

 
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
21st May 2020

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment
Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR IF-ED 

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