Pictured is a pair of peaceful doves perched on the Hill’s Hoist in my backyard. The size of these tiny pigeons can be gauged in comparison to the clothes peg beside them. They share the title of Australia’s smallest dove with the similar Diamond Dove of the arid interior. Peaceful Doves are readily distinguishable by the blue skin around their eyes.
Peaceful doves are relatively common in open forests throughout eastern Australia. Three pairs visit the bird feeder at home every day and will stand their ground, even chasing away larger species. They have a most enjoyable melodic call.
Neil Schultz Land for Wildlife member Tarampa, Somerset