Posted Jul 17, 2013
Ringneck Doves are incredibly docile birds, and are a fantastic choice for children as they are not at all aggressive by nature and do not possess beaks that are intended for crushing nuts or seeds. They are not very intelligent birds and thus will not play with toys, do tricks, or learn words and sounds. However, they are easily taught to step up, and the sounds that they make naturally are very pleasing. All ringneck doves make a sonorous cooing or hooting sound - I dreamed of owls for about a month after I first acquired Pimmdale! The male ringnecks make an even more interesting sound; in Egypt they are known as "laughing" doves, because the males have a tendency to make a sound that can only be likened to giggling. They also love to take a bath in a shallow dish of water if given the opportunity, and it's entertaining to watch them splash around. If your bird especially likes you, he or she may raise a wing up in the air and hold it there so that you can wash the area under it. One thing a ringneck dove requires that many other birds do not is a dish of grit. Because their beaks are not designed to crush the nuts and seeds that they eat, they swallow grit to aid their digestion. Grit is available at most pet stores. Ringneck doves may not be very bright, but they are incredibly entertaining and affectionate.