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June 12, 2004
The same kind of bird...

I think they are both the same kind of bird. I think they are both Streptopelia decaocto, or the Eurasian Collared-Dove. Yet another bird that was introduced from Europe… The top picture is from Miami, where many of the doves nest free. The photograph below was taken just a few days later, in the basement of the pet shop here on 98th street and Broadway. The dove shared the cage with a very smart and hyper orange Parrot… The dove in the bottom picture clearly has the advantage of having the latest news at her feet, there are no dangerous predators that could kill her, there is an always controlled temperature, a steady supply of just the right kind of food. Paradise? Not quite. There is no internet connection in the basement, so the dove can’t blog and the bird is not allowed to vote. Now that would be paradise… now wouldn’t it?
I wonder who would run for president in that great pet shop with a really beautiful aquarium in its Broadway facing window…


Perhaps they are ring-necked doves (more common in north america, i think?). Streptopelia capicola.

Posted by: m on June 12, 2004 07:00 PM

hm... correction:

after thinking a minute, i decided to do a bit of research.
ring necked doves don't live here in the wild... but the bird in the store could be one.

Posted by: m on June 12, 2004 07:16 PM

nice shot at the top

Posted by: 990000 on June 13, 2004 11:19 PM

I am no bird expert.

I hate to break it to you, but, I am pretty sure the bird in the top picture is some kind of seagull-like creature. See his longer, more curved beak? It's just like a seagull and very different from the bottom picture bird. I can't be sure, but even the shape of the head seems different to me - a little rounder and protruded in the back.

I am sorry. I don't think it's the same.

Posted by: Chris DiClerico on June 17, 2004 01:01 AM

Nice photos though.

Posted by: Chris DiClerico on June 17, 2004 01:02 AM
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