Diamond Dove

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Diamond Dove, Geopelia cuneata, varies in size from 19cm to 22cm. The Diamond Dove is classified as a very small red-eyed dove, with blue-grey plumage, pale grey breast, white spotted wings, white outer tail feathers and pink feet. The Diamond Dove has a swift dipping flight and a pleasant soft four note call. In brief showers or when ‘sunbathing’, may be seen resting on the ground with one wing raised. They are nomadic birds, moving in large flocks, depending on rain.

Feeding Habits

Feeds on fallen, very small seeds of grasses and herbs, also insects. In early morning or late afternoon numbers of birds may gather in procession to drink at waterholes. They then disperse, flying with whistling wings and waggling tail.


The Diamond Dove may breed throughout the year, usually peaking in September to November. The courting male shows typical bowing and tail-raising. A flimsy platform nest is built in a low tree fork. Both sexes of the Diamond Dove share incubation.

Places to Look

  • Inland dry open savannah
  • Grassy woodland
  • Mulga
  • Arid grasslands
  • Despite it's arid habitats, the Diamond Dove will never be far from water.


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

Diamond dove © Birdlife Townsville 2008

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