Saturday, 11 February 2017


The spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is a small and somewhat long-tailed pigeon which is a common resident breeding bird across its native range on the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The species has been introduced into many parts of the world and feral populations have become established. This species was formerly included in the genus Streptopelia with other turtle-doves, but studies suggest that they differ from typical members of that genus.

This dove is long tailed buff brown with a white-spotted black collar patch on the back and sides of the neck. The tail tips are white and the wing coverts have light buff spots. There are considerable plumage variations across populations within its wide range. The species is found in light forests and gardens as well as in urban areas. They fly from the ground with an explosive flutter and will sometimes glide down to a perch. It is sometimes also called the mountain dove, pearl-necked dove or lace-necked dove.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme,
as well as part of the Camera Critters meme.


  1. Hello, what a pretty dove. I love the spots and markings. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. Beautiful spotted dove and wonderful photo ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful Weekend ~ ^_^

  3. Isn't she pretty? or maybe it isn't a she but I think it is, a male wouldn't wear such a lovely shawl about his shoulders.

  4. He is very pretty! There are more kinds of doves than I ever realized a few years ago, and this one is very new to me. Thanks for sharing!


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