Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Oriental Turtle Dove 金背鳩

Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis) is one of 12 species of pigeons seen in Taiwan. They build nests on a tall, large trees and normally two eggs are laid. Both parents take turn sitting. Young birds fledge after 15 to 17 days. They like to quietly sit on wires or ranches and forage on ground searching for seeds or grains, they also consume shoots. In ancient China, doves were favored by the emperor's court because of their calming cooing. Because they mate for life, dove is also a symbol of a long, lasting love. --Happy Birding! -- Linda

Oriental Turtle Dove or Rufous Turtle Dove (金背鳩)Click image to enlarge

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