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Like the Spotted Turtle-dove (also introduced) Laughing Turtle-doves are grain-eaters feeding on the ground; they thrive on waste, particularly grains and protein pellets put out for domestic and zoo animals; as well as bread and garden seed.
Introduced to Australia in the Perth Zoological Gardens in 1898, it has become established in southwest Western Australia from Perth through the wheat belt to about Southern Cross, south to Albany and north to Shark Bay, with outlying populations in Kalgoorlie and Esperance. Inhabits urban areas, country town, parks, gardens, farms, rail yards and roadsides especially in the WA wheat belt. Follows spilled grain along roads and rail lines.
Breeds all year especially after rain, mostly September to March. The nest is a frail platform of fine sticks and twigs about 150 mm in diameter placed anywhere but usually in trees and bushes. Two eggs are laid; white, oval, about 29 by 23 mm. Incubated for 14 to 16 days by both parents. Young stay in the nest for 21 days.
Native range of this bird includes all of Africa, Arabia, India, Afghanistan as well as occurrences in the Middle East; there are nine races worldwide, one in Australia. The Australian birds appear to be descended from east Africa south of the Sahara.