Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Posted May 18, 2009
I am an admitted dove lover. They are gentle in disposition but tough in a scrape. They never scream, never bite, and make both beautiful and funny sounds.
Our experience is that doves prefer to do their own thing, with each other. They may fight with each other and challenge one another to a duel, but at the end of the day they're ready to roost with each other as if they were all best friends. The next day they do it all over again.
I love to watch them as they search for things to put in their nests: Paper clips, rubber bands, twist ties, keys, grape stems, my wedding ring! They can clean out a desk drawer in no time. They are very loving mates, devoted to a fault. They coo and cackle, both of which are fun to hear.
Our white ringnecks seem to be a bit less, shall we say, bright, than our tangerine pearled ringnecks. Our white doves used to walk up to our St. Bernard and coo to him like crazy until he swatted them with his big paw. They are so sweet and so innocent I have to smile.
I adore these gentle and curious birds in a totally different way from our parrots.