The dove Personality

Dove Characteristics: Plain • Friendly • Level-headed • Likable
Scientific Name: Streptopelia capicola
Collective Term: A flight of doves

The Unassuming Dove

Doves -- along with their close relatives the pigeons -- are one of the most successful species of birds for a reason... they know how to integrate themselves into even the most challenging environments. Because of their small stature, doves are a little more skittish than most, and avoid trouble at all costs while quietly going about their business.

Physically, doves aren't much to write home about. They tend to dress conservatively and try to draw as little attention to themselves as possible. Although they don’t conform to traditional standards of beauty, no one would ever call a dove ugly, although no one will pay them any attention when a peacock is at the party.

A Symbol of Peace

If the affable and meek nature of the dove personality evokes some derision from more aggressive birds, it gets respect because of its association with peace. As the symbol of coming together in harmony, doves are released on many occasions to represent cooperation and non-aggression, which is perhaps why -- when it comes to their personal lives – they tend to make friends easily, and if a dove’s personal relationships seem a bit shallow to outsides, the dove certainly doesn't see it the same way.

The dove's reputation for being a little of an air-head is well deserved, for they pay little attention to politics or current events, and never dream of questioning authority. It's not so much that they respect the system; it's just that they’re happy to accept things as they are. Doves assume the best of everyone, which can leave them vulnerable to scams, but their instincts for survival ensures their success.