Dove, Luzon Bleeding Heart
Primary and secondary forest areas on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Many thousands of years ago there would have been just one species of bleeding heart dove, but rising sea levels has led to several populations evolving in isolation on different islands.
Seeds, berries and grubs.
The scientific name for the species gives us a good idea about their behaviour – galli means chicken and columba means dove. The bleeding heart dove lives its life much as a chicken does – foraging on the ground amongst dead leaves looking for food. They live in flocks moving through the forest, staying in touch with each other by using a series of coo-ing noises.
The Luzon bleeding heart dove lays two eggs, which hatch after a couple of weeks. For the first few days the chicks are fed a rich milky fluid that the adult bird produces. After a few days the chicks graduate to solid food such as fruits and seeds.
At Newquay Zoo we hold the Luzon bleeding heart dove, which is classed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. This is mainly down to habitat change affecting the wild population of the species, but they are also threatened by illegal collection for the pet trade.
- Latin Name: Gallicolumba luzonica
- Class: Birds
- Order: Columbiformes
- Family: Columbidae
- Conservation Status: Near Threatened
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