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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Ann - 2012-10-08
Hello! I have a bourke parakeet, and my daughter just got a ringneck dove. Right now we have them in seperate parts of the house, but I was wondering if we kept them in the same room (separate cages, of course) could they provide company for each other when we're gone during the day? They're both males. We're also concerned that they might bond with each other, and I'll lose my bond with my bourke and my daughter won't be able to develop a bond with her new ringneck. Do any of you experienced bird keepers know? Thanks in advance for any advice.:)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-08
    I've had a minimum of 4 and maximum of 15 diferent parrots in the same room in thie own cages.  They would come out of their cages during the day and onto their own perches.  They were pets and remained pets.  Some played together and were friends but they stayed pets.  When I had one parrot in one room or the same species as another in the other room - somehow they did find each other and bonded.  As long as they have their own cage and you give them attention - they should go along with you being their mate.
janet - 2012-09-18
my female keeps scratching her head to the point that she has made her face looks pink and losing feathers my male seems ok. could she have mites ? i have bird protectors on their cage. any advice?? thanks janet

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-18
    It could be mites as these doves and pigeons are susceptible to several types of mites with a common culprite being  red mites. They can also get lice. It is debated whether those cage protectors do much good, even though they do contain an insecticide.  Red mites come out to feed  at night and crawl around on the skin or feathers at night. These mites especially like to feed  around the crest, which may explain the head scratching.

    The easiest way to find out if you have red mites is to cover the cage at night with a white sheet and then check it in the morning. The mites will look like tiny brown or red specks looking similar to a grain of pepper.  If you find you have mites you'll want to treat both the bird and its environment. These pests lay eggs too, so you'll have to treat long enough to catch newly hatched pests as well.

    There are basically three safe and effective types of treatment you can use for mites and lice. They include adding a Ivermectin type medicine to the drinking water, do an insectide treatment, and bath the bird. A natural insecticide is permethrin which can be found in a poultry powder or you can use Sevin Dust. Powder the bird as well moisten the powder to apply it to nest boxes and perches. For a bath you can use a few drops of flea and tick shampoo in bathing water and then follow up with multiple rinsings.

Michaela Merrilees - 2012-07-20
We came home the other day n there appears to be a ring neck dove (possibly a pair) nesting in a tree beside our house.... we live in Canada and I have never seen one in the wild. What should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-21
    I don't know.  Yes, it is not usual to see them nesting at your house or in the bird feeder but it happens.  Sometimes they will go to a human (as possibly someone's pet) and sometimes they find a flock and just join whatever flock.  You can call the wildlife organization that is in your area and ask them. 
phyllis long - 2012-07-05
Can I house diamond doves and a tangerine dove together?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-05
    Yes.  If you have both male and females, they will most likely cross breed -
  • phyllis long - 2012-07-12
    Thanks. The difference in size really concerned me
Dave - 2012-06-20
I have a pair of tangerine doves, their two eggs hatched a couple of weeks ago, but one of the hatchlings is completely white, it looks like a white dove, how is that possible ?

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Tina Sanson - 2012-03-29
We have just inherited a beautiful ringneck dove, he/she hasnt been a pet but is semi tame. We've set it up home inside with its own cage space. I let it out in my room everyday to have flight time, problem is though I think it is depressed? It has barely made a noise at all the entire time, never tried to attack or be territorial, isn't fussed on being handled but lets me without to much fuss and just perches in my room rather then flies around. Help anyone? Im not sure if it's a depression stage or something might be wrong. Seems very healthy and we have wormed/mited it professionally.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-29
    They are not flighty. They would just look around and find something they are comfortable perching or preening on and settle in. I don't believe they attack and not territorial at all unless sitting on eggs. She (I think she cuz a little quieter) probably is just getting used to her surroundings and new people, places and things. Hold her and pet -- love the top of the head and sides of the face. I don't think depressed - just new.
  • Tina Sanson - 2012-03-30
    Thank you =)I try to pet her but she only lets me down the breast bone, gets really scared and skittery when I try to pet her head or back of the neck.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-31
    Probably real comfortable with you petting breast bone cuz she can see your hand. Works for me and her.
Jesse G - 2011-10-20
My ring neck dove keeps attacking me, whenever I walk by his cage he raises his wings as if to make himself look bigger to scare me off, when I go to pick him up he tries to evade me and starts pecking hard at me can someone help me with this I feed him but whenever I get close to him he just attacks me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-20
    I think that is really strange behavior for a dove. Sounds territorial to me. Try feeding him with your hand some sort of treat. Cheerios usually work. Sometimes something scares a bird and they seem to be 'cage bound' as if they are afraid to come out or get off the cage. Can you just 'pick him up' and move him to a neutral area? Whether territorial or some sort of fear - you need to get him to a neutral area - away from his cage and go back to the basics like 'step up' 'No' etc. If this has just been for a week or so - then I would just ride it out for another week. Could be molting, hormonal, puberty etc. Birds do have their moments when they just want alone time. Otherwise neutral territory and back to the basics.
  • Glenda Alatorre - 2011-11-02
    My dove attacks everyone but me. He aggressively attacks my 9 year old daughter and my 81 year old mother. I have decided he loves me and is territorial. I would like to find a way to change this behavior though. It is so heart breaking to my daughter, who treats him very well. He dive bombs her head and face every time she goes past him.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    Territorial behavior and I guess he believes that you are his territory. It happens frequently in the world of birds. Your little guy has chosen you as his mate and is going to protect you from any and all others. There are lots of suggestions that people have like have your mom or daughter feed the little fella treats. Sometimes this can work but I just thought I'd tell you that I have been with my human for 27 years and she is my mate. I will chase her husband all over the home. I will not tolerate him and he has given me cheese, chicken, done my water, treats - even tried talking and I do not care. My human is my mate.
richard - 2012-02-21
Good morning,

I am trying to identify and if possible locate the where abouts of an odd pigeon..
I was told there is an ALL WHITE PIGEON THAT HAS BLACK FEET....Is there such a pigeon . if there is what is the name,breed, area that it is found and who sells this kind of bird...

Noshin Raisa - 2009-06-30
Well I didn't actually see any doves. I really want a pure white dove that is gentle and sweet tempered. But I don't know where to get one. My birthday is in July 3. I am in Manhattan. If anyone know where to get a pure white dove, than tell me 'PLEASE!!!!!!!!! Thank you very much!

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  • nathan sizer - 2010-04-11
    I have a pair already they're beautiful birds.
  • Amy - 2011-03-06
    Keep my e mail handy mine keep hatching white babies.
  • Cari Cleverly-Carmichael - 2012-01-31
    Two years ago my husband got me two white Doves for our annivesary. I had never even considered having a bird as a pet prior to my new thoughtful and very unique anniversary gift. WOW!!! It was love at first sight, they are so pretty, and that's nothing compared to their quite surprising social little personalities. They are extremely sweet, loveable, curious, social, and funny. Mine make a laughing sound that is so cute it makes me laugh too. Any way my Doves named Jasper and Lola have parented four baby birds that I have happily welcomed into our family (it can get a little noisy around here especially early in the morning) but it's a soothing sound and I LOVE IT!!! I don't know if it's the area I live in or what (Butte, Montana), but no one seems to want a baby Dove. I would love to help you get your pure white Dove (or two), that is gentle, and sweet tempered.
Rose - 2012-01-05
I have a dovecote can daimond doves or ringneck doves be kept in it if they are homed