Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 07, 2014
I had a pair of ring-necked doves a few years back. They were a lot more people-friendly than my finches ever were – they would sit on your shoulder and bop around with you for awhile before flying off to explore the room. However, they were definitely not as bright as the finches, and often flipped over their food and water bowls so they didn’t have anything to eat or drink all day. They also lay eggs very readily (and hatch chicks from them if you don’t remove the eggs when they are laid), so need to have supplements put in their food as well. They had a very pretty song that wakes you up in the morning if the cage is left uncovered, but it’s not nearly as jarring as how the finches sound. Make sure that you don’t let the doves out in a room with uncovered windows, because I have heard many stories about doves flying into them when their cages are opened and really hurting themselves.