Mindanao bleeding-heart dove
Thousands of years ago there would have been just one species of Bleeding-heart dove, but, rising seas levels isolated small populations which has resulted in five different sub-species, each species is endemic to specific islands in the Philippines.
Tropical rainforest floor. Natural predators are snakes and small carnivores. Deforestation and illegal trapping for the pet trade both pose more serious threats.
They eat a variety of foods including fruits, seeds and insects which they find by scratching through the forest floor with their feet.
Breeding and social dynamics
They spend most of their time in a large flock, searching for food and communicating with a range of different ‘coos’. They normally lay two eggs and the parents feed the young from their crop.
Part of a managed European breeding programme. (ESB)