On Dec 27, 2008, plantladylin from South Daytona, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
The Second Edition Florida's Birds, A Field Guide and Reference states that the Ringed Turtle Dove has been bred in captivity for hundreds of years for use in research and by magicians, or sold as pets. It also states that there are no natural wild populations known to exist today.
The book states their range is statewide in Florida but this is my first sighting in 40+ years here. I'm assuming this one I saw hanging out in my backyard for a few days this summer, was an escaped pet. It didn't seem too fearful, perching low in a tree, but would not fly down to feed until I sat on a bench a few feet away. Beautiful bird with a lovely song!