My point was just that either they are being released locally, or they are
possibly breeding locally - but either way the source is in the same area they
are being seen.
Homing pigeons go back to an exact loft whilst barbary Doves would just hang
around the approximate area and not return to their aviary, and possibly move
on a little depending on food, etc.
> Date: Sun, 29 May 2011 17:26:08 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Barbary Doves in Melbourne - please report.
> Curious. Surely the idea of "homing", as it relates to Rock Doves, is
> the ability of the birds to return to home from some distant place.
> Therefore some of these comments below seem odd. If Barbary Doves don't
> do this, then that does suggest that if they are released they won't
> travel far or it does not suggest that if they are released that they
> will disperse. I think it suggests they would hang around with minimal
> movement for as long as they can survive in the area.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Ed
> Sent: Sunday, 29 May 2011 4:51 PM
> To: ; ; ;
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Barbary Doves in Melbourne - please report.
> Barbary Doves do not "home" - hence they are kept as aviary birds and
> not in lofts like Rock Doves. They do however breed prolifically if
> well kept...
> I guess if they are released birds unless they were locally released it
> would be odd that they kept ending up in the same place.
> That said there are plenty of places round there that they could breed
> relatively unnoticed once released too...
> > From: > To: ;
> ; > ;
> > Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Barbary Doves in Melbourne - please report.
> > Date: Sun, 29 May 2011 13:01:11 +1000
> > My stupid neighbor let some of his Barbary Doves out to "home" and
> > they just flew away. I think he was just using it as an excuse to
> > reduce the numbers in an overstocked aviary, a perennial problem for
> > anyone who keeps them. Sounds like somebody in Newport is doing the
> > same.
> > Cheers Jeff.
> > -----Original Message-----> From:
> On Behalf Of Peter
> > Shute > Sent: Sunday, 29 May 2011 12:34 PM > To:
> ; ;
> > > Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Barbary
> Doves in Melbourne - please report.
> > But do these birds home like Rock Doves? If not then they'll simply
> > disperse. If they do then it ought to be possible to find who's
> > responsible by following them.
> > But there are no houses nearby, other than the "fishing village". It
> > seems odd they'd hang around there if they're returning home
> > regularly.
> > Peter Shute
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