Doves @ Pearl Harbor I sat alone on a concrete bench and soon these 2 Zebra Doves settled down next to me. Was the appearance of doves a harbinger of world peace? Not bloody likely, but only because they were not white doves and did not bear olive branches. Seriously, at this site of an attack that lives “in infamy”, I absorbed stories of sailors on “eternal patrol”, developed a surprising appreciation for Japanese resourcefulness and yearned for a peacetime national unity more readily achieved after a horrific surprise attack.
Zebra dove - The zebra dove (Geopelia striata) also known as barred ground dove, is a bird of the dove family, Columbidae, native to Southeast Asia. They are small birds with a long tail. They are predominantly brownish-grey in colour with black-and-white barring. They are known for their pleasant soft, staccato cooing calls.
The birds are small and slender with a long, narrow tail. The upperparts are brownish-grey with black-and-white barring. The underparts are pinkish with black bars on the sides of the neck, breast and belly. The face is blue-grey with bare blue skin around the eyes. There are white tips to the tail feathers. Juveniles are duller and paler than the adults. They can also have brown feathers. Zebra doves are 20-23 centimetres in length with a wingspan of 24–26 cm.
Their call is a series of soft, staccato cooing notes. In Thailand and Indonesia, the birds are popular as pets because of their calls and cooing competitions are held to find the bird with the best voice. In Indonesia this bird is called perkutut. In the Philippines they are known as batobatong katigbe ("pebbled katigbe") and kurokutok; in Malaysia this bird is called merbuk, onomatopoeic to their calls. They are also known as tukmo in Filipino, a name also given to the spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis) and other wild doves. -wikipedia #zebradove#dove#pigeon#birdman#birdphotography 🐦
Zebra doves (Geopelia striata) are named for the fine black-and-white stripes at the side of their breasts, but what better alternative name for them than Peaceful Dove? These small doves can be seen walking in pairs or small groups in Bellarmine Field or in the various fields and carparks on campus, eating seeds from the grass or picking them from the ground. They have a quiet coo-ing "kurukutok-kurukutok" which you might hear early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
While they might seem a plain brown (perhaps that is why their local name is bato-bato), take a closer look and you will see their pale blue faces and bills and pink legs. Their long tail also has white on the outer feathers which you might see as they flutter away.
Most of the time, these friendly birds will be happy to just calmly walk away from passing people or cars. They're so gentle that SOH student Zeph Alcantara was able to snap a photo of one near the parked cars at Gate 2.5 with her cell phone! What other Ateneo wildlife have you been photographing with your cell phones? Send them to us so we can share them here for others to also enjoy!