玄米茶 (genmaicha) wrote in wtf_nature,
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Bleeding-Heart Doves

I'm a semi-lurker with my first post, checked through and didn't see this one, so here we go. :)

The bleeding-heart doves are several species in the genus Gallicolumba, a genus of ground-doves, that have plumage patterns in red on their chests that look like bleeding wounds--hence the name. Sexes are nondimorphic, so they both have the patterns. They hail from small islands in the Philippines, where most of them are regarded as near threatened to critically endangered due to habitat loss, overhunting, and trapping for the pet trade. One species, the Sulu Bleeding-Heart, has not been reliably sighted since 1891. The exact purpose of the rather realistic marking is undetermined.


Negros Bleeding-Heart, Gallicolumba keayi




Mindanao Bleeding-Heart, Gallicolumba criniger





Luzon Bleeding-Heart, Gallicolumba luzonica, regarded as having the most realistic "wound" markings, also the one most likely to be simply called "Bleeding-Heart Dove"


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