The Royal Birds

Visitors to the Queen Mary Tea Room and Tea Emporium enjoy meeting our resident doves. Princess carries on on the royal tradition at the restaurant, while Earl holds court at the Emporium. You can hear him cooing to his favorite songs and responding to those who coo a greeting to him.  

For centuries doves have been a symbol of peace, gentleness and love. Although they can fly, doves prefer to spend most of their time walking around on the ground looking for their favorite seeds. 

If you think they are pigeons, you are partially right - the only clear distinction between them is size. I’m sure you would agree that for small pigeons, doves are quite attractive and elegant. 

Did you know that doves are the only type of bird that can drink water without tilting back their heads to swallow?