The Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) is a medium-sized bird in the Columbidae family of pigeons. It is also known as the Barred Ground Dove. It is related to the Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida) and the Barred Dove (Geopelia maugeus).
The Zebra Dove is brownish-grey with black and white bars (broad stripes). Its underparts are pinkish with black bars on the sides of its neck, chest, and belly. Its face is blue-grey, with bare blue skin around its eyes. It has a long, narrow tail and a slender body. There are white tips on its tail feathers.
It grows to 20-23 centimetres (8-9 inches) long, with a wingspan of 24-26 centimetres (9-11 inches).
The Zebra Dove is native to southeast Asia, in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
It prefers scrub, farmland, and open country in lowland areas. It is also commonly seen in parks and gardens, close to human activity.
It feeds on grass seeds and insects. It looks for food on the ground. It is often camouflaged against the ground.
It is usually seen alone or in pairs.
The female makes a nest of leaves and grass in a bush or tree. She lays 1-2 eggs. Both parents sit on the eggs to incubate them. The eggs hatch after 13-18 days.
The chicks leave the nest within 14 days, and can fly after 21 days.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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