Alternative name: Eastern Spotted Dove
- Spilopelia chinensis
Length 27·5–30 cm (10¾-11¾ in), weight 120-130 g
- Pale brown back, wings and tail, heavily spotted with buff
- Blackish flight feathers bordered on the inner edge with pale grey
- Pink head and underparts
- Pale grey face and lower belly
- Black neck patch finely spotted with white
- Red legs
Sexes are similar
Juveniles are duller than adults often lacking the patchy neckband when very immature.
Three subspecies are recognised:
- S. c. suratensis:
Some suggest that S. c. suratensis may be better treated as a distinct species; it differs in much more strongly marked wing coverts.
Open woodland, farmland and habitation.
They are fairly terrestrial, foraging on the ground in grasslands and cultivation.
They breed throughout the year. Their round with stick nests are found in trees, edge of buildings or on the ground. The clutch consists of 2 glossy white eggs.
The diet is not too well recorded but is known to include grass and herb seeds, grains and small fruit.
Call: a repeated sequence of coos
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- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2015)
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
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- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Spotted Dove. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 29 November 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Spotted_Dove
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