Camera : Canon EOS 550D
A White Ringneck Dove I found in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa), minus a tail and a big wound on her coccyx. After coaxing her down from the tree with some seeds, I managed to capture her and tend to the wound. She obviously escaped from a cage or aviary somewhere in the area.
These birds have been bred in cages since biblical times as pets and cannot survive in the wild. They often are not able to find food having had it provided to them all their life and because of their white colour they are easy prey for a variety of predators. Thus many of these released birds die or are killed in a relatively short time. Many white doves that have been released end up looking to humans for assistance.
Little White Dove has been with me for a few weeks now and I’m happy to say her wound healed completely and she is sporting beautiful, brand-new tail feathers now. She has also become quite tame, loving to come out of her cage and wandering around my studio. We’re not at the stage yet where she will sit on my shoulder, but we’re getting there! You can just make out the “ring” behiind her neck, which is a light buff colour with some of the same coloration on her wings.
The white dove is a color mutation of the African collared dove/Barbareydove that has been around for perhaps a thousand years. A number of species of collared doves are native to Africa and Asia.