birding-aus Re: Question on Diamond Dove.

To: "Karl Ng" <>
Subject: birding-aus Re: Question on Diamond Dove.
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 10:06:11
Karl -

At 21:05 13/05/1999 +0800, you wrote:
>A Diamond Dove was found in Hong Kong Mai Po Reserve on 
>09/05/1999.  After checking a bird ID book, we know that the bird only
>distributes in Australia and is described as nonmigratory.  Since
>the bird was found in Hong Kong, a place far away from it's
>home - Australia.  I would seek for information if there is any
>evidence concerning about if this bird has past history of migration 
>to other place.  Looking forward your all information concerning 
>about this Diamond Dove.  Thank you very much in advance!

It is virtually certain that the bird would have escaped (or been released)
from captivity.  I seem to remember (from many years ago when I lived in
HK) that Diamond Doves were kept and bred in the HK Botanic Gardens aviary.
 I do not know how common they are now in aviculture in HK or south China.
Another explanation is that it was a pet cage-bird that escaped from a ship
in the harbour.


Hugo Phillipps,
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