Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 384 - Diamond Dove

The Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata) is Australia's smallest dove, being about 20cm long. It is found over most of the drier and northern parts of Australia.  The red eye-ring and the 'diamonds' on the wings help with identification.

As with a good number of recent WBW posts I took these pictures in the Desert Park in Alice Springs.  This was the first time I have had a change to photograph this species.











This bird (all the pictures are of the same individual) was dashing about looking for seeds.  It was a rather splendid little bird.

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17 comments:

italiafinlandia said...

Very pretty. It almost looks like a small parrot, to my amateur eyes ;)
Thanks for hosting.
All the best!

Rhodesia said...

A pretty little bird and great photos. Well done. Keep well Diane

Ludmiła Jabłońska said...

Congratulations on observing! An interesting bird, it appears confidently in your territory. Good photos, I like them!

NatureFootstep said...

it´s a beautiful little dove

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
It's one of my personal favourites - so delicate and soft... YAM xx

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Australia has a wonderful variety of pigeons and doves, all of which are extremely attractive. One readily sees how well Diamond Dove camouflages against the substrate.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Those red eyes are interesting looking.

Brian King said...

Beautifully decorated wings! Love the eye rings!

Rohrerbot said...

A very attractive dove. Beautiful captures.

Sharon Wagner said...

I love doves. Obviously, a diamond dove must be the most precious kind!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Sharon beat me to it-- it surely is precious!

Marie Smith said...

Such a pretty little dove!

Lea said...

Beautiful Dove!
Hope you are having a great week!

Ranten said...

What a great little dove! And great pictures! Greetings Marit

This N That said...

Love its prominent markings and red eyes..I think our Mourning Doves have red eyes as well..I'll have to check that out..Wonderful pictures Stewart

Nathalie SANTA MARIA said...

As pretty as it is small !

carolinesnatuurfotografie said...

Very beautiful Stewart, we don't have them in the wild in the Netherlands I think. Hava a nice sunday. Greetings Caroline