|Common Name||Ringneck Dove|
|Latin Name||Streptopelia capicola|
|Average Lifespan||15 Years|
|Average Length||11 Inches|
|Average Weight||150 - 200 Grams|
|Song Type||Soft Coo's|
Noise Level & Talking Ability
Both males and females call, but the female's calls are usually softer with a more trill or rolling "rr" uttered in the calls. The advertising call is uttered as "koo, krroo" or "koo, kooroo-wa." There is also a nest call and display coo which are similar to each other. The excitement call is described as a high-pitched jeering laugh. This call is uttered as the male greets the female or another Ringneck. He may also utter the display coo before his bowing display.
No Mutation: brown color with darker colored flights. In males, the head, neck, and breast are a purplish color. In females, this is not as noticeable.
Fawn aka Blonde: lighter than wild, showing a tan coloring with only slightly darker flights. Head, neck, and breast are very light beige in both sexes. The purple coloring in wild males is lost with Blond males.
Pied: Pied birds are white with patches of colored feathers or vice versa. The colored feathers are solid colored and the white feathers are solid white. The pattern and ratio of colored feathers to white feathers varies greatly.
White: all white feathers
The ring-necked dove is the most commonly kept companion bird of the dove family, and can be found easily due to their prolific breeding. In fact, you might have a hard time keeping them from breeding. Because they are so hardy, they make a good choice for someone who doesn’t have the time to devote to a more attention-demanding bird.
Doves are gentle birds, and will not bite or attack the way some parrot species will. Ring-necked doves can be easily hand-tamed, though most owners do not interact with them in this way.
The ring-necked dove is great for someone who wants a bird but has fussy neighbors who won’t accept a parrot screeching all day. Ring-necked doves sound similar to pigeons in their cooing, and though they are not loud, they can be persistent. Some people find the noise soothing, while others will be annoyed at their cooing diligence — they rarely cease.
Ringneck Doves are very clean birds and love to bathe. They will enjoy either a bath in a large bowl of water or a shower, a misting with a light spray of clean water.
A commercial dove and pigeon mix or a regular parakeet seed mix supplemented with greens rich in minerals, vitamins, and calcium is a fine diet. Ringneck Doves love treats. They not only enjoy their greens but will also enjoy spray millet and such things as crumbled cornmeal and bread. Grit is essential as Ringneck Doves swallow their food whole, and it helps grind up the food. Oyster shells or even cuttlebone can be added for calcium and is important for egg layers.
Suitable housing for a Ringneck Dove would be a large cockatiel cage along with some time outside the cage. Cages that are longer and wider are more important than tall cages, as these birds flutter around and do not climb. Males tend to be quarrelsome with other males so keep pairs housed alone. They are quite hardy. If they are kept outdoors and are accustomed to cold weather, they can take below-freezing temperatures for a short period of time.
|Age of Maturity||1 Year|
|Breeding Aviculture||Very Common|
|Average Clutch Size||2 Eggs|
|Nest Box||Large, Open Cup|
|Breeding Life||12 Years|
Ringneck Doves are fully domesticated.
- Our website has an abundance of information about species, behaviour, talking ability, and ownership essentials you may need to begin. This is a great place to start narrowing down your search for the bird best suited for your family. Once you have researched various bird species and narrowed down your choices, please contact us via phone or email to create an appointment to meet the birds and ask any questions you may have in regards to care, nutrition, and the best fit for your home.
- We will set up a date and time for you to meet the bird(s). We will notify you of our current protocols and procedures. If you have decided on a specific bird, we recommend that you put a deposit on it. Birds will not be held without a minimum 50% deposit. If you put down a deposit before meeting the bird and after meeting the bird decide it is not a good fit, we can refund your the deposit in full. If you are placing a deposit prior to meeting a bird, your appointment to meet the bird must be within the following week.
- If you are meeting a bird(s) that is not weaned, you will not be able to take the bird home that same day. If you are meeting a bird that is weaned, and you are properly prepared to have the new bird in your home, we will go over a care sheet and answer any questions you have during your appointment. If that is too soon, and your home is not ready, you can book a pick-up appointment within the following week. Again, to reserve a bird you must put down at least a 50% deposit or payment in full.
- When your bird is weaned and ready to go home you will receive an email with the following information
• A link to our care sheet in printable PDF form.
• A link to book a timeslot for your care sheet / bird pick-up.
• A link to the food your bird is eating as well as toys, treats, and other essential items to start your new adventure!
- Read the care sheet, write down any questions you have, ensure you’ve got the correct food and a proper variety of toys and perches, as well as a suitable cage. Then book your pick-up appointment! Please show up within 5 minutes of the appointment start time. If you have a carrier for your new bird, feel free to bring it. We can provide a travel box if needed.
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Before You Buy
We offer a seven-day health guarantee on our handfed birds. A mandatory educational care sheet will be gone over at time of purchase. You must provide your bird with suitable shelter, food, water, vitamins and minerals from time of purchase.
We suggest that within three days (72 hours) of purchase, you bring your bird to an avian vet for a complete examination. This is at the cost of the pet owner. Should any health problem occur or be discovered, inform us IMMEDIATELY, with a written report otherwise the health guarantee is void. Any veterinary fees at this point need to be cleared by Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc.
The health guarantee does not apply if there is another bird in your home that was not purchased from Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc. or if the bird leaves the store unclipped.
We cannot guarantee the gender or temperament of your bird. Our handfed birds are tame but may take some time to adjust to their new surroundings. The more time is spent socializing with your pet bird after they have settled into your household, the better your relationship with your pet will be. After the seven day period any warranty will be at the discretion of Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc.