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Galapagos Dove

Galapagos Dove
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Galapagos Islands
Date Submitted: 2014-01-28 14:56
Viewed: 1788
Points: 10
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Zenaida galapagoensis

One of the more attractive and pleasant birds to encounter on the islands is the Galapagos Dove. The Galapagos Dove is a tame and well-mannered creature. It is reddish brown with black and white markings, touches of incandescent green, red feet and a bright blue eye ring. The Galapagos Dove grows to measure between 18 and 23 centimetres long. Its beak is curved downward, larger and more curved than most other doves.

The Galapagos Doves curved beak helps it feed mainly on seeds picked from the ground mainly from the Opuntia cactus. Cactus pulp forms part of their diet and is probably their main source of water.

The Galapagos Dove is endemic to the islands and is found in the more arid parts of the main islands. A process of evolution on Genovesa Island has softened the spines of cactus plants and thereby allowed the Galapagos dove access to pollinate the flowers. This has occurred due to the lack of bees that would normally perform this function.

The Galapagos Dove is most commonly seen on the ground where it forages for seeds and fruits. Even if disturbed it is reluctant to take to the air and if it does, it only flies for a short time.

Just like the Galapagos Tortoises, the Galapagos Doves were a food source for sailors many years ago.

When threatened near their nests the Doves will try to lead the intruder away by pretending to be injured.

The Galapagos Dove's primary characteristic is its tameness. The Galapagos Doves would land on sailors shoulders and hats in the past and today you can spot one close up with a curious look in its eye.


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What a lovely bird for such a desolate looking place.
Your focusing is dead on.
Great contrasts with the surrounding space.
My congratulations on a great job.

照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色鮮豔華麗 真是第一次見到這種色彩繽紛的鳥 太美麗了
光線亮麗 整體都很清楚 角度也很棒 照的真是美極了
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Mr.Manyee,
Beautiful species.Attractive colour.Nice presentation..
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-29 6:09]

Very beautiful dove species..well captured. tfs.

interesting dove, TFS Ori

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