Dove (Mindanao Bleeding Heart)

Gallicolumba crinigera

IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable

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Where they live

The Philippines on the islands of Mindanao, Basilan, Samar, Leyte and Bohol








Up to 10 years


Habitat loss

Did you know...

  • It is a land-based bird, that when disturbed flees by running or taking short bursts of flight to hide in the undergrowth
  • They are a member of the pigeon family
  • They build untidy nests out of bamboo branches and leaves

More about doves...

The Mindanao bleeding heart dove is a medium-sized, short-tailed, ground-dwelling bird. Their most distinguishing feature is the large blood-red patch in the centre of their chest, which is where they get the name ‘bleeding heart.’

They spend most of their time searching the ground for seeds, fallen fruits and insects to feed on. They are shy, solitary birds that will often run away from danger instead of flying, often hiding among shrubs. At night time they head to branches to sleep.

The decline of this species is thought to be due to the near-total loss of lowland forest throughout its range. This is mainly due to illegal logging and mining for chromite and nickel. The Mindanao bleeding heart dove is also often trapped for food and trade, a problem impacting most of the terrestrial birds in the Philippines.

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