The Laughing dove earned its name because of the distinctive coo that sounds just like a human laughing. It is reddish-brown with blue and copper on its wings and white on its tail. Its bill is black and its legs are a purple color.

Laughing doves are found throughout Africa, the Middle East, some parts of Asia, and Australia. They prefer arid scrub or thorny bush country near water. Laughing doves have adapted well in developed areas, nesting on top of buildings, on window sills, and any other place they can build a stable nest.

The diet of the Laughing dove consists mostly of seeds, but they also eat wheat and small insects.

A female Laughing dove lays 2 eggs and incubates then for about 14 days.

Studies in Turkey suggest that Laughing Doves breed throughout the year with peak breeding periods in spring and autumn. A fragile nest platform of twigs, leaves and grasses is constructed in trees or on buildings and other structures. Males make display flights similar to the Spotted Dove S. chinensis. 2 white eggs are laid and both sexes participate in incubation.

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