Today, we got our first glimpse of the baby doves in their nest in the palm tree in our backyard. There’s one obvious one in the foreground, but you can also see the eye and part of the head of a second one closer to the back.
According to Cornell: About the hatchlings, “…Not much information. Day 7 after hatching, mostly covered in down, with pin-feathers on wings. By day 12, fully feathered, primaries almost fully grown, black collar not visible. Day 14, juveniles same color as adults. On day 17, black collar on both chicks present, lacking white edge. Self-preens from day 11. Stands in nest at 15–16 d, exercises wings, and makes short excursions. First vocalizes 4–7 h after hatching… Young fed by regurgitation. To feed, young insert bill inside parent’s bill. Nestlings fed with crop milk, a substance resembling cottage cheese produced in crop. Usually fed within a few hours of hatching, mainly by female up to 10 d; then also fed seeds. Fledglings attended by both parents at first, later only by male…”
- Eurasian Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto