• Scientific Name: Geopelia striata (Linnaeus, 1766)
  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Category: Introduced Birds
  • Location: Society, Marquesas (Eiao, Hatuta’a, Mohotani, Fatu Huku), And also Malaysia to Australia.

Apearance and identification

8 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. It is a small finely striped black dove, with a grey body on the front which turns to light brown on the rear. The tail is light brown and lined with white feathers. The underside of the body is tinged with pink on the breast and belly, but draws on the white at the rear. The beak and legs are

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Characteristics

Native to Australia right up to Malaysia, the species was introduced in 1950 in Tahiti. Also present in the Leeward Islands, and in Marquesas (Tahuata, Hiva Oa, Ua Pou and Ua Huka).

Studied in Australia. The species builds a platform nest located at 1 to 12 meters above the ground. Two oval eggs (23 x 17 mm) are incubated for 13 days by both sexes. The young fledges after 16 days in the nest.

Found in gardens and at the entrance of the valleys.

« Coo-ro-co-co » ou « coo-ro-co ».

Primarily seeds and herbs.

Location

Native to Australia right up to Malaysia, the species was introduced in 1950 in Tahiti. Also present in the Leeward Islands, and in Marquesas (Tahuata, Hiva Oa, Ua Pou and Ua Huka).

Breeding

Studied in Australia. The species builds a platform nest located at 1 to 12 meters above the ground. Two oval eggs (23 x 17 mm) are incubated for 13 days by both sexes. The young fledges after 16 days in the nest.

Habitat

Found in gardens and at the entrance of the valleys.

Voice

« Coo-ro-co-co » ou « coo-ro-co ».

Food

Primarily seeds and herbs.

Status and protection

Introduced in French Polynesia.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.