The zebra dove (Geopelia striata), also known as the barred ground dove, or barred dove, is a species of bird of the dove family, Columbidae, native to Southeast Asia. They are small birds with a long tail, predominantly brownish-grey in colour with black-and-white barring. The species is known for its pleasant, soft, staccato cooing calls.
Trapping for the cagebird industry has led to them becoming rare in parts of Indonesia but in most parts of its range it is common. Zebra doves are among the most abundant birds in some places such as Hawaii and the Seychelles.
A small group of Zebra Doves were reportedly brought to Kaua'i, O'ahu, Moloka'i, and Maui in 1922, possibly from a Singapore dealer (Bryan 1958).
Zebra doves usually mate for life. Males draw attention to themselves during mating season by incessantly bowing, cooing, and flaring their tail feathers.
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