Zebra (Peaceful) Dove – unusual nest construction

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“I saw this pair of Peaceful Doves (Geopelia striata) nesting in an overgrown banana plant at about 1.5 meters from the ground (above). What was unusual was not just the choice of the nest location but also the mechanism to build it.

“Because there were no vantage points for the male to alight on for entry to the nest site, he would fly straight in (note the female just visible and has closed her eye to prevent any trauma) and land on the female’s back (above). He would then pass the twig or nesting material down to her and fly out (below).

“The image below shows the dove just before flying out.

“Numerous episodes were observed.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Tambun Interior, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fish farming, ex-mining pools, limestone hills nearby
Date: 8th March 2013

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