Ringneck Doves - Streptopelia Risoria
The scientific name of the Ringneck Dove is Streptopelia risoria. The Ringneck Dove is also known as a Barbary Dove. It is a member of the family Columbidae which includes doves and pigeons. Ringneck Doves have been domesticated for several thousand years and are believed to be the domesticated descendants of the African Collared Dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea).
The Ringneck Dove is a small bird, about 12" from head to tail. They will live an average 10 - 15 years, though some may live over 25 years.
Originally whites and blonds (fawns) were the only two known colors of Ringneck Doves in the United States. In the 1960's breeders began experimenting and through selective breeding have developed a large number of varieties. Today there are over 40 color mutations/combinations acknowledged by Dove Associations and new color variations are emerging constantly. As one might expect, Ringneck Doves have a distinctive neck ring. This ring is present even in white ringnecks but is difficult to see. In some of the more recent color mutations, the neck ring is white as opposed to dark colored.
GENERAL CARE AND HOUSING
The following link provides a good article about the general care and housing of doves and pigeons. Rather than rewrite (plagiarize ) this article, please just click on the link. http://animal-world.com/encyclo/bird...eonProfile.htm
Doves are very prolific birds. The normal clutch size for Ringneck Doves is two eggs/chicks. The incubation time is a very short 14 days and the chicks leave the nest at about 14 days of age. Thus, it is possible for a single pair of Ringneck Doves to produce an almost amazing number of young in a very short time. It is strongly recommended that anyone wanting to have a pair of Ringneck Doves replace the real eggs with fake eggs to avoid becoming overpopulated in a very short period of time. Dove nests are typically very flimsy and of questionable construction. You will want to assure that any young have an adequate substrate to assist in keeping their legs and feet under them to avoid the development of splayed legs. Ringneck Dove parents share nest duty as well as rearing of the chicks as do most other Columbiformes.
Ringneck Doves are usually quite docile birds and easily tame down if given gentle attention over time by their human family. They can, however, be vicious towards a new dove introduced into their habitat, and care must be taken to assure that any new flock members are not injured or killed by the established residents. Like other doves, Ringnecks are easily "spooked" and can and will shed feathers and even injure or kill themselves by flailing in their cage. Ringnecks (especially males) coo almost incessantly and also make delightful "laughing" sounds. The more doves you have, the more cooing and laughing you will have. If you are not tolerant of these types of bird sounds, then Ringnecks may not be for you. They are actually louder and more vocal than pigeons.
AVAILABILITY AND COSTS
Ringneck Doves are readily available from breeders and pet stores. The cost may be as little as $5.00 upwards to $50.00-$100 .00 or more for unusual colors. Housing for Ringnecks is relatively inexpensive as is their staple diet of a good quality seed mix. They are hardy birds and are typically very healthy. They are, however, subject to the same health problems as other Columbidae.
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