Dove, Bleeding Heart
The Luzon bleeding-heart dove is a ground dove. The “blood” feature is most pronounced, with the reddish hue extending down the belly, furthering the illusion of blood having run down the bird’s breast. On the upper surfaces, the bird is slate grey in color, but because it is iridescent, it can appear to be purple, royal blue, or bottle-green, depending on the light. Considered near-threatened by the IUCN due to habitat loss and fragmentation through deforestation for timber extractions and agricultural lands. It is vulnerable to snaring for the pet trade. A captive breeding project has been started in Australia and in 2009 a program by AZA aims to reach 100 birds in the North American zoo population.