Luzon Bleeding Heart Dove
The Luzon Bleeding-heart Pigeon gets its name from a dark, red patch of feathers on its breast that looks like a bleeding wound. During the breeding season, males attract females by showing an inflated breast to display their vivid blood marking or “heart”.
Range & Habitat
The Luzon Bleeding-heart pigeon is native to the forests of the Philippine islands of central and southern Luzon and Polillo.
Conservation Status: Near Threatened
This species is threatened due to the loss of habitat from deforestation, illegal hunting for food and collection for the pet trade.
In the Wild: seeds, fruits, insects, worms, other small invertebrates
At the Zoo: pigeon pellets, fruit mix, seeds, mealworms, wax moth larvae
In Human Care - 25 years
Fun Facts about the Luzon Bleeding Heart Dove
- The bleeding-heart dove, like all doves and pigeons, drinks water by submerging its beak and sucking the water up and swallowing without raising its head between sips.
When they forage for food, they resemble a chicken; thus their scientific name: Galli means chicken and columba means dove.
These birds help ensure the success of the forests through seed dispersal.
- It is fairly common for zoo visitors who have never seen this species before to report an "injured bird" to zoo staff due to its wound-like marking.
Animal Diversity Web: Gallicolumba luzonica -https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Gallicolumba_luzonica/
Animalia: Luzon Bleeding-Heart- http://animalia.bio/luzon-bleeding-heart
Lincoln Park Zoo/Animals/Bleeding-Heart Dove - https://www.lpzoo.org/animal/luzon-bleeding-heart-dove/