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Doves are symbol of peace and very gentle by nature. Not much has been written about them. Doves are very popular among the fanciers of Pakistan. Our weather suits for breeding of doves, especially the province of Punjab suits very well for breeding doves and pigeons. Our good breeding seasons for doves are from March till October. All most all the cases doves are kept in one pair one cage. We in our country are breeding doves in very small cages, and got very good breeding results. In feeding we give our doves millet, kangani (a type of canary seed), linseed, Khaskash, hemp seed, and rice. We use mostly tea strainer for breeding purposes, and got very good results. It is available in different sizes and suits for breeding from diamond dove to bronze winged dove. All the doves need lot of sunlight and should be kept inside in the extreme winter months I have kept and bred the following mentioned doves over the last 20 years. 

  •  RING NECKED DOVE

Its (local name is KHUMRA).Very gentle by nature and also very good as foster parent. I once fostered under it the chicks of my pouter (reverse wing pouter) and believe it or not they reared one chick that knows a fully-grown male. Those who have knowledge about pigeons can well imagine the size of dove with pouter pigeon. It is available in normal and white colors. Few years back other mutations of this easy breeding dove had been imported and with in few years most of the colors of this dove are available in Pakistan. The available colors for breeding are pied, silky in many colors, white back purple, tufted, violet necked, ash, and purple. It breeds so extensively that the price of white back purple in 1997 was US$ 200 a pair and its price dropped down to 05 US a pair. For breeding purpose I use strainer and also bowl made of clay on the floor. The hatching and rearing result is almost 100%. For feeding I give them millet, canary seed, wheat and some other small seeds. 

  • DIAMOND DOVE

This dove of Australia is very popular in Pakistan. They are very peaceful and gentle by nature. I saw them sun bathing in the hottest days of June and July. Normally kept colors are Grey; white tail, brilliant white, silver and red. It has kept by most of the breeder as a beginner bird. All the fanciers keep them in one pair one cage; the cage is around 1.5 feet Square. Fanciers also keep them with cockatiel and finches. In feeding seeds given to finches is ok. 

  • CAPE DOVE

This beautiful and gentle dove from Africa is also very popular among the fanciers in Pakistan. Rather difficult to breed as compared to diamond dove. Needs lot of sunlight, and for breeding a cage higher than other doves. I don't recommend it to be kept with finches as this dove is very temperamental by nature and should not be disturb while breeding. It is kept in one pair one cage. The cage is around 2 feet square. It takes more time to settle for breeding. In our country many wild caught capes were imported. I have got one pair which was a true pied. The female has many white spots on her body, unfortunately due to my negligence the pair escapes from my aviary and I even could not take the photos. 

  • CRESTED DOVE

This dove is also very popular in the fanciers. Rather more difficult to breed as compared to the above mentioned doves. Needs at least 4 feet long by 2 feet wide cage. Needs lot of privacy for breeding. 

  • BRONZE WINGED DOVE

A beautiful looking dove but rather very moody while breeding. It is very erratic when rearing its chicks. Not very popular in the fanciers due to it's rough temperament for breeding. 

  • GREEN WINGED DOVE

Very few fanciers keep this beautiful dove due to it difficult temperament for breeding, as it needs a large cage for breeding. I am not very successful of breeding this beautiful dove. 

  • TRIANGULAR- SPOTTED DOVE

Again Very few fanciers kept this beautiful dove due to it difficult temperament for breeding. It is very aggressive by nature. Again fanciers in our country bred them in small cages. The eye ring can distinguish males. They can be kept with peacocks.