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Eggs & Young

Two eggs comprise the normal clutch size for a Turtle Dove. Coloured white, they are smooth and glossy and oval in shape. They are approximately 30mm x 23mm in size. In the wild, both parents share the duty of incubating the eggs and feeding the nestlings.

Here a Java Dove “foster parent” is successfully rearing two very well-fed Turtle Dove squabs which they have hatched. Taking an occasional pair of eggs from the Turtle Dove parents encourages them to lay another clutch of eggs very rapidly, usually within 10 to 14 days.