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Dr Hoo

This is Dr Hoo, one of our resident ring neck or barbary doves - actually I don't know if it really is him - we just call all the ones we see in the garden who coo, Dr Hoo! But it is one of him!

We also get Malay Spotted Doves - they have slowly established in the past couple of years. Never saw them at all before that. They hang out with the Ring Necks and seem to erm, have relations with them! I don't know it they sucessfully interbreed and what the outcome looks like but they seem to practise a lot! Faith may be able shed light on the subject!Uploaded Image

Posted at 24th Aug 2012 - 12:51AM   Posted by Cowgirl   Dr Hoo Comments: 7

Camilla's Avatar Love the name of the Dove, Cowgirl. He looks like a lot we get here in the gardens, I have always wondered though whether they may be young pigeons?

Faith I am sure will be able to help us with this.

Posted by: Camilla on 24th Aug 2012 at 01:32AM

Fennie's Avatar I think we shall all be fated to become pigeon fanciers. Maybe we should change the name of the site from Purple Coo to Purple Pigeon. Faith, what have you done? I expect any day to see a white shape on my roof and it will be Fennie dove expecting breakfast. I've only got broken brazil nuts, will they do?

Posted by: Fennie on 24th Aug 2012 at 08:42AM

CalicoKate's Avatar When Collared doves coo, where ever I am I am always transported back to Ludlow in Shropshire when my Grandparents live. Presumably we didn't have any in Sutton Coldfield! A pair live nearby here and I love hearing them coo its a comforting noise for me.

Posted by: CalicoKate on 24th Aug 2012 at 09:02AM

Cowgirl's Avatar Nah they're definitely doves - not pigeons. We don't have pigeons here in Whangarei. These are Streptopelia Risoria, and also known as Collared Dove or Barbary Dove.

And, yes CK, I find their cooing very comforting too. Love them to bits.

Posted by: Cowgirl on 24th Aug 2012 at 09:53AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar We get the occasional couple of collared doves here too much prettier then the wood pigeons and not so noisy.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 24th Aug 2012 at 10:11AM

Westerwitch's Avatar We get the huge wood pigeons . . . have seen collared doves - but not recently around here . . .

Love the cooing noise as well it is somehow the sound of summer - that and lazily buzzing bees . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 24th Aug 2012 at 11:02AM

Cowgirl's Avatar I was thinking city pigeons when I said that - the sort you'd see at Trafalgar square. They get them in Auckland but not in the country. We have Kereru (native wood pigeon) but not here at my property. We mustn't have anything they like! They are often spotted on a favourite walk of ours - about 5 mins drive from here.

Posted by: Cowgirl on 24th Aug 2012 at 08:04PM

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