As a result of their small size and calm demeanor, diamond doves are frequently kept as pet birds by people. They are widely available, and they are birds for people who want a pet that is less demanding. Knowing more about these tiny doves can assist you in providing the best possible care for them.
Colors and markings of the Diamond Dove
Male and female diamond doves are virtually identical, with the exception of the colored ring around the eye. When compared to female diamond doves, male diamond doves have a larger red/orange ring around the eye, which makes it easier to pair birds together for breeding.
In color, the diamond dove has a gray body with white spots or “diamonds” on its wings, which gives the bird its name. White and silver diamond doves have also been developed as a result of selective breeding in captivity.
Taking Good Care of the Diamond Doves Diamond doves require a different level of care than parrots, for obvious reasons. Because they spend a lot of time on the ground and flying back and forth, these small birds require more horizontal space than vertical space.
In addition, they do not climb in the manner of parrots, so do not expect them to spend much time perched on the cage bars. In order to allow a diamond dove to rest, a nest must be provided on the branch where they will be sitting.
Solid surfaces should be used as cage floors instead of bars to allow these birds to waddle around on the ground. Garden-style aviaries are excellent places to allow diamond doves to fly, as long as the aviaries are safe and well-protected.
Diet and nutrition are important topics to discuss.
For the reason that diamond doves do not use their beaks to break and crush food like parrots, grit must be added to seeds intended for doves and pigeons.
However, fresh greens, soft fruits, and the occasional piece of the hard-boiled egg should also be provided, as the seed will constitute the majority of a diamond dove’s diet.
Flying as a form of exercise All birds should be given the opportunity to fly safely at least once per week, if not more often. Besides having enough flight time, diamond doves require a flat surface to walk on while they are flying.
Although these birds will not climb, horizontally long cages, rather than tall cages, can provide some additional space for them to fly around in the event that a safe flight zone is not available.