MadSci Network: Zoology

Subject: Suicidal behavior in doves?

Date: Fri May 13 09:06:29 2005
Posted by Dennis
Grade level: grad (science) School: No school entered.
City: Pflugerville State/Province: Texas Country: No country entered.
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 1115993189.Zo

I have seen several instances lately of doves landing on well travled roads 
with vehicles passing within a few feet or on one occasion directly in front of 
me and making no effort to escape. I have also witnesed several times birds 
laying on the ground near my bird-bath (which the doves like for drinks) as if 
they were injured.  As I approach very close, they fly away, apparently ok.  I 
know young males like to attract females with brazen acts (like teenagers in 
cars) but could such acts of courage be seen in doves?

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