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Red Collared Dove

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Alternative name: Red Turtle Dove

Nominate subspecies, pair in breeding plumage, female in frontPhoto © by Alok TewariSultanpur National Park, Haryana, India, May-2018
Nominate subspecies, pair in breeding plumage, female in front
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sultanpur National Park, Haryana, India, May-2018
Streptopelia tranquebarica


[edit] Identification

Nominate subspecies, malePhoto © by Alok TewariKeoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, June-2017
Nominate subspecies, male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, India, June-2017

20ยท5โ€“23 cm (8-9 in)

  • Bluish-grey head
  • Black collar
  • Red mantle, back and wing coverts
  • Black primaries
  • Tail
Black sides
  • Black bill
  • Purplish-black feet and legs

Female is brown

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in Russia, China, Tibet, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Eastern Himalayas, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong,
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Java, Bali, Sulawesi

[edit] Taxonomy

Subspecies S. t. humilis malePhoto © by Peter EricssonBangkok, Thailand, April 2003
Subspecies S. t. humilis male
Photo © by Peter Ericsson
Bangkok, Thailand, April 2003

[edit] Subspecies

This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of two subspecies:

  • S. t. tranquebarica:
  • Sind, Punjab and western Nepal south through peninsula India
  • S. t. humilis:

[edit] Habitat

Open country with trees, scrub and dry woodland and jungles.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of rice, maize, seeds of grasses and herbs as well as buds and young leaves. They are ground feeders.

[edit] Breeding

Its nest is a flimsy platform, placed high in a tree. The clutch usually consists of 2 eggs.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: cru-u-u-u-u or goo-goo-goo

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Recording by Alok Tewari
Keoladeo National Park, India, June-2017
Call given by a male, late afternoon, sitting in the canopy, that had 3-4 females as well.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  4. Birding in Taiwan

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