Monday, June 17, 2013

Geopelia striata - The Zebra Dove

Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) are known as Merbuk in Malay. This type of doves are slender with an elongated tail. Their call is a trill of soft, cooing notes. At one time when the pace of life was slower, these birds were popular as pets because of their soothing cooing. Some of the better crooners were entered into competitions for the bird with the best voice. Often substantial bets were staked on them.
 They can often be found high up on tree tops, searching for berries, fruits or other grubs.

They are able to move from one part of the tree to another simply by walking along the branches.


 This one was seen striding along this branch, that has its own micro eco-system.


Various types of parasitic vegetation thrives on the branches.


These doves often pair up and can be seen foraging for food together.

It is called the Zebra Dove due to its brownish-grey with black-and-white barring on the upperparts. 


The underparts however are pinkish with black bars on the sides of the neck, breast and belly.



The face is blue-grey with blue skin around the eyes, extending to the beak. Women must have emulated them in the use of blue eyeliner.



Another one perched on the top of the concrete fence, with the assurance that it is safe from stray cats that make frequent visits to the garden.

 
The Bauhenia kockiana vine had intertwined with the stems of the Red Hibiscus rosa sinensis.

 
 This elevated point on the fence gave it a good view of the happenings in the garden below.

 
When it thought that the coast was really clear, it flew down and landed on the rim of this huge container. 


From the container, its was just a hop to the ground. Doves are often seen hopping and walking on the ground with purposeful strides.




It walked past a fallen Madagascar Periwinkle with nary a glance.
 
 

I have no idea what it was looking for. Perhaps a juicy worm or merely grass seeds.



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