Peaceful Dove (species: Geopelia striata) in Cocoparra NP (Gaia Guide)
Geopelia striata
Peaceful Dove

©Fir0002/Flagstaffotos: Peaceful dove

©Lip Kee Yap: Male Dove (Geopelia striata)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Geopelia
Species Geopelia striata
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

They are small and slender with a long, narrow tail. The upperparts are brownish-grey with black-and-white barring. The underparts are pinkish with black bars on the sides of the neck, breast and belly. The face is blue-grey with bare blue skin around the eyes. There are white tips to the tail feathers.

Juveniles are duller and paler than the adults. (Wikipedia)


  • From 20 cm to 23 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 24 cm to 26 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The native range of the species extends from Southern Thailand, Tenasserim, Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Lombok. It may also be native in the Philippines.

It inhabits scrub, farmland and open country in lowland areas and is commonly seen in parks and gardens.


feeds on small grass and weed seeds. They will also eat insects and other small invertebrates. They prefer to forage on bare ground, short grass or on roads, scurrying about with rodent-like movement. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.