Stone doves are a variety of bird found in Xanth.
Black in color, stone doves are so named for the camouflage behavior. To protect itself while sleeping, the dove will curl up on the ground, folded within its own wings. This gives the dove the appearance of merely being another rock on the ground, hopefully to the affect of being unnoticed by predators. If started, it can quickly unfold and attempt to fly away before the predator realizes what it is. This also gives the added benefit of insulating the dove against the cold of night. When startled, the dove gives off a "Koo!" call as it attempts to get away to further distract a potential predator.
A nesting stone dove is sometimes seen as a sign that an area might be safe.
- A Spell for Chameleon, Chapter 3