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Thursday, September 08, 2005

ZEBRA DOVES - 13. Nearly a month and still they need mummy.

ZEBRA DOVES - 13. Nearly a month and still they need mummy.

The older of the fledglings is now 28 days old. The parent bird arrived this evening, perched high up on a nearby building and cooing a few times to attract the fledglings. After an initial period of greetings, the birds flew straight to a nearby tree. They spent some time moving from branch to branch foraging(?) before they settled on a nearby tree for the night. Apparently they must have come back to the same area every evening since fledgling, spending the night together before flying off early next morning. The mate must be around as there was a call from elsewhere. How long more will it take before the fledglings become independent???

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At 12:21 pm, Blogger budak said...

Do these doves exhibit sibling brood care by any chance? Might such behaviour (e.g. in bee eaters) have developed as a byproduct of 'clingy' fledglings?

 
At 4:33 pm, Blogger YC said...

Thanks for visiting again, budak. I really have no idea. My observations on these doves have only reach this stage. Every night the fledglings roost with a parent but I am not sure what happens during the day. And there are very limited info around. You have an interesting theory, though.

 
At 12:25 pm, Blogger budak said...

I guess the next question would be what happens when the parents get broody again. Will they chase out the fledglings for good (thereby causing dispersion), or tolerate their continual presence...

 

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