Diamond Dove

by New York Bird

The diamond dove is a resident bird in Australia. The dove predominantly exists in areas near water but which are lightly arid or semi-arid in nature, being Central, West and Northern Australia. They are one of Australia's smallest pigeons along with the peaceful dove

Male and female diamond doves look the same except for the colored ring around the eye. Male diamond doves have a larger red/orange ring around the eye when compared to females so this helps to easily pair birds up for breeding.


The body of a diamond dove is gray and the darker wings have white spots or "diamonds" on them which gives this bird its name. Due to selective breeding in captivity, white and silver diamond doves can also be found.