I’ve recently noticed that a very large percentage of the doves around here (Honolulu) are missing toes. It’s actually rare to spot a dove with all 6 (8…do you count the backwards facing thing?) of his/her toes.
What I want to know is, is this a local phenomenon? I’ve checked other areas on the island (more toeless doves), but didn’t have a chance the last time I was in California.
Also, does anyone have some kind of explanation for the phenomenon? I once saw a dove with human hair wrapped around his/her swollen toes. I don’t know how s/he got it, but that would explain it…only how would the majority of doves get tangled up like that?
PS. Hope the use of the non-PC ‘c’ word won’t affend anyone. After all, doves don’t have anyone to speak for them.