Diamond Dove (species: Geopelia cuneata) in Sturt NP (Gaia Guide)
Geopelia cuneata
Diamond Dove

©Tom Tarrant: Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

©Arthur Chapman: Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)

©Alec Brennan: Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Geopelia
Species Geopelia cuneata
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Regardless of the gender, they have white spots and black edges on their wings, orange eyes and red eye-rings. The genders look similar except the female's eye ring is less vivid and has more of a brown colour to the plumage. The male's head, neck, and breast are light blue-grey. The bill is a dark grey colour. The abdomen is a creamy colour while the back and tail is a brown-grey colour. The legs and feet are pink. The juveniles have a light grey bill; the iris and eye ring is fawn in colour; the feet and legs are grey; the breast is grey and they do not possess any white spots on their wings. (Wikipedia)


  • From 19 cm to 21 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 25 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It predominantly exists in areas near water but which are lightly arid or semi-arid in nature, being Central, West and Northern Australia. They have been spotted occasionally in Southern Australia in parks and gardens when the centre of Australia is very dry. (Wikipedia)


They feed off seed mostly from grasses. They will also eat ants. (Wikipedia)

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