Friday, August 15, 2014

The peaceful Zebra Dove

 Up on the tall Poui tree a pair of Zebra Doves were seen relaxing.  They do visit the garden regularly though have not yet been seen nesting here.  The Malays call them 'Merbok Aman' to mean peaceful dove.  Another relative called the  Spotted-necked Dove is a permanent resident preferring to build its nest on the yellow bamboo clump at the back garden.   There are pleasant birds and get domesticated easily.  Many end up in cages as pets.  Compared with the Spotted-Necked Dove (Tekukur) it is much smaller in size.  In Sarawak these birds are commonly seen besides town roads and streets, public parks and playing fields foraging on the ground for food.
 'Merbok Aman' (Zebra Dove) at the Poui tree (Tabebuia rosea)

Merbok Aman - Zebra Dove
Geopelia striata

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