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How can you sex Ringneck Doves?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Chiko, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Chiko

    Chiko Songster

    Nov 25, 2010
    Orem, Utah.
    My cousin rescued a Ring-Neck dove and we are wondering how to sex it...We want to get a friend for it but don't want it to breed just yet. Thanks!

  2. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    I know of no other way than behavior. Let the dove have access to a mirror or a shiny pot lid, and if you see it bow and coo to its reflection, it's likely to be a male. But females sometimes bow coo also, so it's not always determinative.

    Here's a link to the best description I know of ringneck dove behavior:

    http://www.ringneckdove.com/Wilmer's WebPage/behavior.htm
  3. DuranAndy

    DuranAndy Chirping

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sexing doves is not easy. There is no way to sex them based on sexual dimorphism. You can only tell by wether or not they bow and coo, and sometimes this can take days or weeks to be sure.
  4. Ksane

    Ksane Crowing

    Jun 21, 2011
    We have one that we called a male for 6 yrs, he cooed constanty. We got him a companion awhile back and they *both laid eggs. So he is a she. There's really no way to tell when you've got a singleton. Even 2 females or 2 males will bond and take on male-female roles. The only way to know for sure is if one lays an egg, and the egg hatches.
  5. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    When I said I knew of no other way than behavior, I mispoke. You could, of course, get a DNA test. But other than that, no.

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