Collared Dove (Streptopeia decaocto)
The meteoric rise up the charts has pretty well ceased now and it seems to have found its level at 7th.
Of all the birds, this is the one we almost always see in pairs, no matter what time of year. When one flies in its mate is not far behind and they always seem to leave together too. I had hoped to find out whether they mate for life but I have had no success but the fact they are usually in pairs and that they breed for nine moths of the year feeding one lot of young whilst brooding the next clutch of eggs must indicate that it is likely.
Already, the prelude to another years frantic family life has started with the occasional male singing its monotonous tones around our neighbourhood.
They are lovely together though aren't they, the perfect loving couple!