Habitat: West Papua, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea
Status: Least Concern

Well, it’s officially November! Meaning, it’s definitely time to start breaking out the hot cocoas and warm cinnamon-laden vanilla lattes. In honor of the new month and the delicious yumminess it brings, I wanted to post on the Cinnamon Ground Dove or the Golden-heard Dove (Gallicolumba rufigula).

The Cinnamon Ground Dove, as its name suggests, lives on the ground, making its nest in the leaf litter. They’re solitary birds and are closely related to the much more morose Bleeding-heart Dove.

They make calls that sound much more urgent than those of a Morning Dove, which most of us are familiar with I’m sure. Take a look/listen below! There’s something about this bird that makes me want to give it a big hug. I think it has something to do with its plump little body and sweet face. Very inviting.