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Luzon bleeding heart dove

Gallicolumba luzonica

Luzon bleeding heart dove

The Luzon bleeding heart dove is found within three islands that are in the Northern Philippines. One of these islands is Luzon. The Luzon bleeding heart dove also gets its unusual name from the splash of vivid red on the white breasts which resemble a bleeding heart.

These doves are shy and quiet. They rarely leave the ground and, when they do, it is for nesting purposes.

Habitat
Forest

Diet - Herbivore
Luzon bleeding heart doves eat fruit, seeds, berries, insects, grubs and other invertebrates.

Size
The average Luzon bleeding heart dove is up to 25 centimetres long and can weigh up to 200 grams.

Location
Luzon bleeding heart doves are found in forests and plantations on the central and southern parts of the island of Luzon, as well as Polillo Island in the Philippines.

Conservation status
The IUCN believes the doves may be under threat from extinction in the near future. The species is listed under Appendix II of CITES.

Threats
The destruction of their habitat is one major cause for the decline in this dove population. They are also trapped for meat and the pet trade.

Current population
It is unknown how many Luzon bleeding heart doves are still in the wild.

Zoo population
Luzon bleeding heart doves are managed under an ESB. There are 200 doves living in zoos around the world.

Key to acronyms

CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature

ESB - European Studbook

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