Rare bird pink dove

A rare pink dove bird today belongs to the endangered species of the pigeon family, and also continues to be one of the most unusual representatives of its species.

Pink dove


You can meet a pink pigeon only in a limited area. It lives exclusively on the southern side of the Mauritius Island, located in the Indian Ocean, and on the eastern coast of the coral island of Egret, in the vicinity of many rare species of birds and mammals hidden from human eyes. The pink pigeon artificially migrated to the last aforementioned place of residence with the help of humans in order to preserve the species.

Historical background indicates Reunion Island among the early habitats of the pink dove.

Among the natural natural places of residence that the pink pigeon chooses for itself are evergreen forest areas located in mountainous areas, preserved in small quantities. In settlements in such mountainous forest regions, the described winged species predominantly prefer dense liana thickets, where there is enough fresh greenery.

External features

In size, a pink pigeon reaches a length of up to 38 cm, while it does not weigh as much as an ordinary city bird of this family - from 0.32 to 0.35 kg. In addition to the main characteristics of the sizes, the description of the pink dove includes its distinguishing features:

  • middle length of the cervical region and a round shape of small head size,
  • dark gray or dark brown wings, while the color of the primary flap is slightly darker than the rest,
  • the tail section is fan-shaped, the tail is painted brown with a red tint,
  • the beak is quite strong, slightly thickened towards the end, light red at the base, the tip painted in pale pink,
  • four-fingered (one short, three long fingers) paws of a light red tone,
  • the eye iris is yellow dark, the ring around the eye is red.

Still, the main distinguishing feature of the pink dove, due to which the bird got its name, is the main plumage of a pale shade.

If you find photos showing a pink dove, then most of them will contain pictures of ordinary white doves, artificially painted in bright colors. A true pink dove with such a color has nothing like that. In a natural rare bird, the main color in the plumage is non-contrast.

Behavioral traits

The females and males of the pink dove emit their cries during the flight. If in females the voice looks like a soft sound with a muffled “x”, similar to “huhuu ...”, then for males the timbre of the sounds made will be a little louder and often prolonged “cuckoo ...”.

For a pink dove, flocking in small groups is preferable. For the period of breeding, they form pairs and begin to conduct territorial residence, actively guarding and protecting the occupied area from relatives.

By nature, a pink dove is a monogamous bird.

Places for bird nesting are selected already at the beginning of the mating season, which falls on August-September. At the same time, in captivity in zoos, a pink pigeon can prolong its breeding season year-round, but the peak in fertility occurs in the spring and summer.

Mating games of these pigeons begin with courtship of males for pigeons. Birds walk around females with an elongated neck and a swollen goiter.

The nest of rare pigeons is built of thin branches, therefore it is often loose and fragile. The egg laying of the female has no more than 2 eggs with a white shell, incubation of which takes place for 14 days. At the same time, in the morning and at night, the female sits on the egg laying, and in the daytime - the male.

Growing chicks

The newborn chicks that appeared after 14 days are blind. Their body is covered with rare downy feathers of white color. During this period, cubs cannot eat on their own, therefore, during the first week of life, the chicks are fed by their parents. For the first 7 days, bird milk becomes the food of the pink pigeon chicks - the pigeon secret of the pasty state of white color, which is formed by the walls of the bird's goiter. This natural pigeon-produced food contains enough and necessary amount of protein and fatty components to ensure the growth of chicks.

The eyes of the chicks open 7 days after birth.

During the growth of the cubs, their parents begin to include solid food in their feed ration, reducing the production of poultry milk produced. Completely adult pigeon chicks go to 10 days of age.

A pink pigeon rises to the wing after about 3-4 weeks, remaining in the care of its parents for up to 7 weeks. The maturity of birds occurs at the age of one year and ends in males at 10-11 years old, in females - at 17-18 years old. The total lifespan of these rare pigeons is up to 20 years for males. Females live 5 years less.


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