Friday, February 19, 2016

Doves of Hawaii

Spotted Dove aka. Mountain Dove aka. Pearl-necked Dove aka. Lace-necked Dove aka. Terkurkur (Malay)
Ha'ena Beach Park, Kapaa, Kauai, Hawai'i, USA
December 2015
Native of: India and Southeast Asia
Member of the Dove and Pigeon Family
§A Bevy of Doves§

~true dove fact~ Doves are really distinct among birds in that they actually produce a kind of 'milk' for their chicks, rather than doing the whole partially-digested-food-regurgitation thing. When mating season arrives, both male and female doves have a special gland in their crop that engorges with it. They can feed their young off of this stuff, rather than having to go hunt or forage with chicks in the nest. This strategy means that doves only lay one or two eggs at a time, rather than a whole mess of em'. Evolutionarily, this seems to have worked out for doves.

Gets in a big huff over minor breaches of etiquette
Professorial. Or, more critically, a mansplainer
Loves whiskey, bacon, and tobacco, but not in a hipster kind of way
Friends with your boss

Zebra Dove aka. Barred Ground Dove
Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, Hawai'i, USA
December 2015
Native of: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore
Member of the Dove and Pigeon Family
§A Dule of Doves§

~true bird fact~ Quite popular as a captive bird, they are considered to bring good luck to their home in their native Thailand. This may explain how they've spread to so many places, including Hawai'i. They are such a part of the cultural fabric in Thailand, that people bring out their doves for annual cooing competitions.

Scrappy, street-smart
Well prepared for disasters or misfortunes
A natural whiz at figuring out public transportation
Keen observer of human nature. Armchair psychologist

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