This bright-eyed little fella is amusingly known as a Laughing Dove – supposedly for it’s chuckling call. I’ve known them for at least 30 years and have never thought of their cooing as a chuckle, but hey? 🙂
More common to Africa and India the Laughing Dove has established itself very comfortably in the suburbs and countryside surrounding my home of Perth in Western Australia.
Unlike almost all the other birds that visit my garden these guys will drink from my birdbath but won’t take the plunge! They prefer a dry dirt or sand bath to a wet one.