Black-billed wood dove

I think the Black-billed wood dove should be named metallic dove. Given that its most noticeable feature is its metallic appearance and also its bill is not so black and moreof a dark grey.

Note its metallic wings – © Rob Carr
Black-billed Wood Dove – © Rob Carr

Bird information.

Where can we see the Black-billed wood dove?

It is found at Footsteps, the two birds pictured above were taken at our bird hide located at the back of Footsteps land.

What does it look like?

Like a small plump pigeon, typically 20 cm in length. Its back, hindneck, wings and tail are pale grey-brown, and the folded wings have dark metallic patches. There are two blackish bands on the back. The forehead, crown and nape are bluish greys, fading to whitish on the face. The underparts are pinkish, becoming whiter on the belly. Source Wikipedia

What does it feed on?

They feed primarily on seeds and grasses found on the forest floor.

Want to know an interesting Factoid?

Black-billed wood doves are monogamous and pair for life.

How does it sound?

Its call is a continuous soft coo coo cu coo.

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