All over Hawaii, the zebra dove is found in abundance, scurrying along grassy areas and pecking at things on the ground with their beaks. Originally from Southeast Asia, they have become adapted to the islands. They have a very distinctive staccato-like coo of short but pleasant bursts. Although their plumage is brownish gray with striping along their breasts and flanks, they do have a bluish-gray cast on their faces with a more distinctive blue around their eyes. We heard them everywhere.
Click on the object below to hear a sample (recorded by R. O’Donnell on the Big Island)