Dainty Diamond Doves

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A BIG Thank You to Dave and Linda Naseman of Outback Aviary who gave our beautiful remaining diamond doves a super home!

 

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   Doves - symbols of Peace and Hope 

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9-day-old baby Diamond Doves (nose to tail)

 

13-day-old Diamond Dove baby (first time out of his nest)

(Blue White Rump, though this little one still has his baby feathers)

Pair of adult Diamond Doves (Blue White Rumps)

 

 

Diamond Doves are a species of miniature doves (about the size of a parakeet) with white specks, called "Diamonds", on their wings. They have striking orange-pink eye rings.

 

Diamond Doves are the perfect doves for keeping inside a home. They are very clean little birds whose droppings are typically quite small, well formed and very dry - NOT like the splatter droppings of city pigeons. They are beautiful to look at, lovely to listen to and they are very easy to keep and breed. I think every home should have a pair. 

 

We bred Blue White Rump (some are also "White Tail") Diamond Doves, although we do have the occasional "Silver" and "Wild Blue/Grey" color baby. We think Blue White Rumps are among the prettiest. Although their body color appears more "silver" than the normal wild blue-grey color, that is because the white rump gene affects the color of the whole body.  We think they are prettier than the actual "Silver" variety, because they keep a bit of that "bluish" tint causing their diamonds to show up beautifully, and their primary wing feathers have a very nice contrast to their body color. They are easy keepers and breed readily.

 

Male Diamond Dove (Blue White Rump), 7 months old

These are the type that unscrupulous/unknowledgeable breeders are selling as "Silver Diamond Doves." They are not. They are simply the wild color Diamond Dove with a White Rump gene (which also dilutes the color of the whole body.) They have very dark (almost black) primary wing feathers. These are a very beautiful and very COMMON variety.

Diamond Dove (Silver White Tail), 2 1/2 months old

This little one is an actual "Silver" Diamond Dove. The primary wing feathers are greyish. Because he also has a White Rump gene (which is expressed, in his case, as a White Tail) his body color is even lighter.

Diamond Dove (Wild Color aka Normal or Blue/Grey), 25 days old

This youngster is the normal "Wild color" variety. He doesn't have his adult pattern yet, but you can see how dark he is compared to the above two doves.

 

 

 

Diamond Doves are native to Australia though they have been bred in captivity since the late 1880s and are completely domesticated.

Do not ever release Diamond Doves outside. They are not "homing pigeons" - they will NOT return and they will NOT survive in the wild here in the US.

 

 

Diamond Doves have delightful coos, especially the males, and are a joy to listen to. The males usually have two long coos, often twice in a row; with the females softly answering. The males also do a courting "bow coo."

 

 

Diamond Doves are very loving and affectionate with each other and mate for life. Like most other doves, they usually lay only 2 eggs per clutch which are usually a boy and a girl.

 

 

Diamond Doves normally live 10 -14 years.

 

 

Diamond Doves are quiet little birds, they do not like to be handled. They are birds to enjoy watching and listening to - not petted. Their wings should never be clipped.

 

Many breeders are selling Blue White Rump/Blue White Tail Diamond Doves as "Silver Diamond Doves" but they are not. How can you tell? Easy - look at the primary wing feathers (the very largest feathers at the tip of the wing).  Silver Diamond Doves NEVER have black or very dark primary feathers. For a side-by-side wing picture comparison - take a look at the below page. Scroll down to the "Blue White Tail & Blue White Rump" pictures.

Open Wing Comparison - CLICK HERE

 

 

You are invited to visit our sister site "Waggin' Tails Dachshunds":

Waggin' Tails Dachshunds - click HERE

We would like to thank you for stopping by, and hope that you will visit us again. 

                                             Best regards from both of us, 

                                             Mel and Jan Harris, Marysville, Ohio