Animal Stories - Ringneck Dove

Animal-World Information about: Ringneck Dove

   Ringneck Doves are gentle birds that do not bite and are easily tamed. They can be handled by by adults and children alike!
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Tamara Hoole - 2014-06-15
My husband and I became the proud owners of 2 white ringneck doves. They are 7 weeks old and we named them Lou & Sue. My question is at what age do they start cooing?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    I'm not certain of the age, but I do know that the male will definitely start cooing when he is ready to breed. They are sexually mature and ready to start breeding as early as 6 months of age.
Jesse Esparza - 2014-05-09
I have 4 ringneck doves. I see them mate all the time, but they haven't laid any eggs for the past two years. I feed them wild bird feed and noticed they eat everything but the milo seed. Could anyone help me find out why my doves don't lay eggs?

Richard Sage - 2011-03-09
We have a white ringneck dove that is about 11 months old. We just found out it was a female when she laid an egg, then 2, 3 and now 4. She has only taken to 1, the last. Will the egg produce a baby seeing she is the only bird with no mate?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-09
    No, the egg will not produce a baby. Your dove must have a mate to fertilize the egg, otherwise it cannot hatch.
  • dot - 2012-01-18
    The eggs have to be fertilized or they will not hatch.
  • Harry Davis - 2013-10-20
    Not usually, the egg has to be fertile to hatch babies. She will have to have a mate for her eggs to be fertile.
Amy - 2013-08-01
I have a male and female ringneck dove that had a baby about 3 weeks ago. I have a medium size aviary for only the three of them. Can the baby stay in with them or will I eventually have to separate the baby from the parents? Thanks much!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-01
    As long as they are getting along fine, you could leave them together. My main concern would be if the parents have another clutch and continue to breed, it could become overcrowded. But they may not if they feel too confined.
Lisette A. Olson - 2013-07-07
I am caring for a white with black neck & chest pigeon/dove. It was found in a parking lot approaching people looking for food. It was quite friendly. My daughter brought it to me due to my experience with birds. As much experience as I have I'm concerned I might be missing something important in the care. I have purchased several types of seed & it's eating happily. Making a mess by tossing the least favorite seeds everywhere. I've been reading everything I can find but not being sure of breed has me concerned I may be missing something. There is no band. It has red legs & is simply beautiful. I'd appreciate any input. It's most important to me to be SURE my bird is getting Everything it NEEDS. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you. God bless, Lisette.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    I think you are doing the best you can for the bird. Most pigeons and doves have similar needs in terms of nutrients. Buying a variety of seed mixes and offering them simultaneously is a good idea to make sure he/she is getting proper nutrition. Is there someplace you could bring it to determine for sure what breed you have? Such as a wild bird conservatory, or even a zoo of some sort?
  • Lissel - 2013-07-20
    We rescued a baby dove with a wing defect and like you fed seed mixes (canary-finch mix was recommended). 2 years later and we have converted her to pet crumbles for parrots/doves. Vet said they're much better for them, more complete nutritionally, and per the promotional materials we have found she wastes much less, eats every crumb, and no more seed everywhere! She's gained weight and we are hoping to avoid vet bills for repeat crop infections she was suffering. Hope this helps. P.S. took 3 days to change her eating, and now she loves the stuff.
Phyllis Shapiro-Cash - 2013-06-08
A white dove flew onto my deck on Tues. and now returns several times a day. We were having dinner and she just perched on my husband's chair. 'She' eats from my hand and I've been feeding her dove birdseed from the pet store and some millet from the grocery. She appears to 'live' close by and is very tame and obviously used to people. I don't know where she was yesterday in all that rain. She's returned everyday sometimes several times each day since Tues. My grandchildren were feeding her and she landed on my granddaughter's shoulder! I wonder if she's living in one of my birdhouses but the openings are the usual size. How should I take care of her? I wonder if she's lost? Thanks for any input. Phyllis

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-08
    That sounds like a very nice bird indeed. It is curious that it is so friendly, and that does suggest that it may be a pet as these birds become very affectionate as pets. But where it came from is anyone's guess. There is some good information on foods and feeding, as well as housing and more for these types of birds on the Dove and Pigeon Care page, that should be of some help.
dddd - 2011-12-21
About a year ago a tangerine dove flew into our yard and my dad caught it and we kept him (I think?) as a pet. He's in a large aviary with budgies, a cockatiel, and a finch. He seems to have a liking towards my finch, he coos and bows to her and I was wondering if I should get another dove for him.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-21
    That would be more up to you. He sounds like he is happy but he would probably like one that is like himself.
  • dddd - 2012-01-02
    I did get another one, he seems way happier and wants to raise babies now :D
  • Audrey Delgado - 2013-05-05
    I have had a female ringneck for 5 months, and have just yesterday gotten a new one we believe is a male, the female is being very violent  toward the new dove and i am just wondering how to get them to share a cage?
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-05
    Sounds like the female is a little territorial, probably because she was alone and became comfortable in her cage. It's her home... and her safe place. Bringing in a new bird is great, but your best bet is to have a separate cage initially  so they can get to know each other. Familiarity is important for a friendship to develop.
  • Audrey Delgado - 2013-05-05
    Alright, thank you i will give it a try! she gradualy seems to become more and more friendly with our new dove
Joy - 2013-04-18
Hi all! I have what I believe is a ringneck dove -- wild, with a permanently broken wing, but otherwise seemingly in perfect health. We tried initially to take him/her ('Peet') to our vet, but they would not see a 'wild' bird. I live in a really remote area, two hours from a 'real' town (just moved here in Dec '12). We are happy to keep and care for Peet (we have horses, chickens, cats, dogs -- all spoiled and loved), I just want to make sure this bird is not miserable and bored. Peet's in a rectangle cage, with several perches made of natural wood that he hops around on. Feeding parakeet seed, supplementing with greens, a tiny bowl of grit and a small glass bowl of fresh water (changed twice a day) is available for him. The floor of the cage is solid, lined with newspaper and a light coating of alfalfa hay. Tried the bird bath, he's not interested. Millet sprays and cuttlebone hanging in the cage. He's tolerant of us but obviously still scared of us a bit -- less so than other birds might be, I'm sure. Any suggestions for keeping little Peet happy and entertained are welcome! Thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-22
    You are doing an awesome job! I have had ringneck doves and mourning doves that visit my outdoor feeder daily for several years. My experience is that if they get badly hurt, they go into shock and its really hard to get them to come back around and even start eating. So you should be very proud! You rescued a great bird successfully. They do take time to get comfortable with people up close, but it can be accomplished somewhat. Wild birds seldom develop the same level of trust that captive bred birds do, but with doves, they will often become quite tolerant. Good job again, and all the best to you both.
Heather Canham - 2013-03-13
We have reared our ring knecked dove from 3days old. She was fine until she laid two eggs and since then she is friendly with my husband but chases me, squawks and lands on my head and chases me around the room. I have fed her since she was a baby and still help my husband feed her but she always chases me and pecks me. Don't get it why does she hate me?

pieter - 2012-12-26
i am very interested in this spesific colour of dove do any one know where i can get one

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-26
    The Tangerine Ringneck Dove is fairly common, check with a local pet store that carries a variety of birds. The one pictured came from a birdfarm in southern California, but is not rare.
  • pieter - 2012-12-27
    thank you, im am living in south afrika gauteng. do you think i will get that colour here as well?