Oriental Bird Images

Zebra Dove Geopelia striata   - Male and female
Zebra Dove
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 21 May 2020
English synonyms:Peaceful Dove, Barred Dove, Barred Ground Dove, Barred Ground-Dove, Four O' Clock Dove
Bird Family :Columbidae - Pigeons & Doves
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Sexing of Zebra Doves is best identified by courtship behaviour with male bowing and displaying. When not mating physical sex differences are subtle and not necessarily consistent. Calls between sexes also do not appear to be different. Gibbs, Barnes and Cox (2001) suggest that in females the barring in the breast is more extensive (extends further onto the breast) and the pinkish centre to breast more restricted in extent. Having observed this pair of mating I was sure of the sex. The composite image (identical post image processing) shows the male on the left and female on the right. The differences are subtle. - Amar
Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic. Peaceful Dove Geopelia placida of Australia and New Guinea was formerly considered conspecific with Zebra Dove.
Howard & Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. (3rd edn., 2003)
Gibbs, D., Barnes, E. & Cox, J. (2001) Pigeons and Doves - A Guide to the Pigeons and Doves of the World Sussex, UK: Pica Press.