Sunday, September 26, 2010

Two Turtle Doves

Ok, they're not turtle doves. They're Ring-Necked Doves, but there is no popular folksong that I can easily reference about Ring-Necked Doves.
Anyway, we now have two of them. This blows my mind. I think it's weird when we get one dove, but two? Within a few weeks of each other? From totally separate circumstances?
It's probably not that weird, but I am fascinated.
Angel has been with us for a month today, and she has finally started to calm down a bit. I say 'she' because we guesstimate that they're both girls. This is because neither of them have cooed since they arrived, but who knows - it's impossible to tell a doves' gender without an egg being laid or DNA testing.
Angel is just gorgeous. She looks like a dove you'd see in Touched by an Angel or something. She's easy to handle and always seems very bemused by the chaos around her in the Room.
Mocha is our newest feathered tennant. She is very pretty in her own right, with brown and white markings. Mocha's been through the ringer lately. She was found as a stray (near my house, oddly enough) and taken to Toronto Wildlife Centre. The TWC does not handle domestics and so she got transferred to us. We don't have that many bird cages, so now she's in a cage meant for budgies and a little cramped.
Mocha's 'defensive posture' is the same as my cockatiel's reaction when the rabbit startles her, and I find it hilarious in both instances. Mocha does the 'defensive posture' as soon as you touch her. She doesn't fly away or anything - she just stands there like that, looking incredibly offended.
Mocha looks a little bedraggled at the moment, to be honest. Her tail feathers are a mess, which means her flying isn't so hot. She's also majorly stressed (and hopefully nothing more). We're keeping an eye on her.
Doves are really growing on me. I'd never really thought about them before, but they're so curious and pretty and interesting. And so gentle! I could see myself having a dove one day in the far (far, far, far, far) future.
Anyway, hopefully someone else can see themselves having a dove in the very near future, and will come to adopt these beauties.


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