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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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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?

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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?
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Cheryl - 2012-12-07
I have a female ringnecked dove that I have had for two years. She has never gotten friendly. She lays eggs regularly (which worries me as I think that might not be a good thing for her) and I leave them in the nest because I don't want her to keep laying eggs, however she just lays more. She tries to attack me when I feed her -- I get the impression she is very protective of her eggs. Wondering what to do about her aggression. should I remove the eggs? But wouldn't that cause her to lay more?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-07
    Leave the eggs there.  Not all of them but after 20 days or so you can remove the eggs.  Incubation is 1 - 15 days after last egg is laid so 20 days is a safe bet to remove the old eggs.  If you remove them as she lays them or shortly after, chances are she will lay more. Just me - but you might wish to consider trading this ring neck as obviously a breeder for a baby.  Just a thought.  Spring is coming up and breeder would obviously get a good producer and it just isn't a whole lot of fun to have an agressive bird.  You also might want to look at a conure - about the same price and a lovable friendly velcro bird tha thinks humans are a toy for them.  It is hard to go through the constand egg laying and removal etc. 
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Sal - 2012-11-02
Hi, I am glad I found this site it has been intresting reading all your comments. I to have a white dove with a black ring around its neck, it has been coming to my yard for a little over a year to feed at my bird feeders. At first he or she would coo outside in the tree till I would come out and through some cracked corn on the ground sometimes he would fly right to me as I was walking out to feed him and he would eat while I was out there, but now he is a little more wild and won't come down but still comes to feed and I hear him cooing near by. I was wondering how I can get him in a cage so I can take care of him. I live in the foothills about 65 miles from Yosemite and the winters can get cold, but he did survive last winter ok. How should I go about trying to cage him? Your comments will be appreciated. Thanks

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  • Brady - 2012-11-14
    I have 5 Ringneck doves, the fifth one I was able to cage him by continuing to feed him on a regular basis until he has regain your trust. It took me about a month. As I feed, he allowed me to get closer and closer each day. Do not make sudden moves or he might SPOOK, which causes him to lose a little trust. Anyway, I finally was able to drop feed in front of him and he forgot about me. After. A week he allowed me to touch him without trying to pick him up. Finally after 3 more weeks he allowed me to pick him up. I was so thrilled that I was able to gain his trust. I now keep him in a cage with my other two pair. I kept up the daily handling and I can now let Sammy out of his cage and he will follow me around the yard he will land on my head or at my feet signaling it is time for me to pick him up and put him in his pen with the others. It takes patience, but you can nab him/her and have a great friend. Let me know how you do.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-15
    If you have a cage then place the cage where the dove is normally eating the corn.  Put the corn inside the cage with a trail of corn going from the normal spot where he normally eats trailing into the cage.  Tie a string to the door.  When the dove goes into the cage to eat the corn, just pull the string to close the door.  The problem is catching the dove or seeing it when it is eating inside the cage.  You just place a trail of corn going up and into the cage and the dove will get used to the cage and follow the food.  One day, the dove will actually be in the cage eating, you will actually see him and get the door closed.  Good luck. 
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graham - 2010-07-03
Two years ago we had doves build a nest under the eaves of the house and the nest was unused for just over eighteen months but this month doves are now using the nest, I wonder could this be the offspring off the other two doves, Could you tell me which doves cry is my toe cried betty oh!

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  • Andrea - 2012-11-21
    It's possible, but not too likely. Most likely they were just birds looking for a free nest.
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susie - 2012-11-13
I have had 3 ringneck doves within the past 6 months get a limping then useless leg. 2 have died. Last one is still alive but why is this happening? The cage and flight are safe and I can't figure out how they get this ailment. No apparent injusry is visible. Just limp useless leg and foot.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-13
    I think this is one for a vet. If it was just one dove, my guess would be that somehow the dove sprained his leg but three - that seems a little too coincidental. Could be gout or there is something called bumblefoot (which is a nutritional problem also). You should not be using smooth doll rods for perches (just in case you are) as they are so smoothe and round the bird has to grip too tightly and will frequently cause problems with foot or legs. I think you should take this last one to the vet and have blood work done.
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