Zebra Dove

Geopelia striata

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

ZEBD

Code 6

GEOSTR

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Zebra Dove has a large range that is estimated to be between 100,000 and 1,000,000 square kilometers globally. It is primarily found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and the British Indian Ocean Territory. This bird prefers Shrubland ecological systems that are subtropical or tropical in nature, though they can reside in urban areas, rural gardens, and degraded former forests. The population of the bird has not been determined but the species is described as common in many areas. The Zebra Dove does not currently meet the criteria for the IUCN Red List and has an evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Zebra Dove: Native to Asia, this dove has brown-gray upperparts with black barring, pink to buff underparts with fine black and white bars on the sides of the neck, breast and belly, and white-edged outer tail feathers. It has a blue-gray face with blue skin around the bill and eye and pink legs and feet with brown stripes. Swift, strong direct flight. Sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

Zebra Dove: Native range of the species extends from Southern Thailand, Tenasserim, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Lombok. It may also be native in the Philippines. Inhabits scrub, farmland and open country in lowland areas, and is commonly seen in parks and gardens.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"coo-coo-coo-coo-coo-coo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Zebra Dove was introduced from Asia in 1922. It is also known as the Barred Ground Dove.
  • Some birds have mangled feet as a result of contracting Avian Pox from mosquitoes.
  • They are popular in Thailand, where having one in your home is thought to bring good luck, and cooing competitions are held each year.
  • A group of doves has many collective nouns, including a "bevy", "cote", "dole", "dule", and "flight" of doves.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Zebra Dove

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Crystal Adams

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
CereX
Also called the operculum, it is a smooth and featherless patch of skin located where the beak attaches to the forehead.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X