Spotted Dove

Streptopelia chinensis

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

SPDO

Code 6

STRCHI

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Spotted Dove, also called the Spotted Turtle Dove, is a small pigeon found in tropical regions of southern Asia. These birds are typically year-round residents in these warmer climates. They may be found in India, Sri Lanka, southern China and throughout southeast Asia. Its preferred habitat includes open forests and cultivated farmland. Some populations have been successfully introduced to Los Angeles, California in the United States, Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand. Nests are built out of sticks and placed in trees, and diets consist mainly of insects. The current conservation rating for the Spotted Dove is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Spotted Dove: Medium dove with gray-brown upperparts and pink-brown underparts. Head has a pale gray cap, dark eye-line, and white-spotted black nape patch. The tail is long and gray with black edges and white corners. Bill is black, legs and feet are pink. Swift direct flight with rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Spotted Dove: Native to India through Southeast Asia. Occurs from Santa Barbara south to San Diego along the coast, and inland in the central valley from Fresno south to Bakersfield. Uncommon, but may be found in some California desert oases and riparian areas. Also introduced in Hawaii, northern Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. Preferred habitats include suburban areas and parks.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"coo-crroooo-coooo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Spotted Dove is also known as the Spotted Turtle Dove.
  • In Australia, it was introduced in Melbourne in the 1860s and has since spread, often replacing native doves.
  • A group of doves has many collective nouns, including a "bevy", "cote", "dole", "dule", and "flight" of doves.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Spotted Dove

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
CereX
Also called the operculum, it is a smooth and featherless patch of skin located where the beak attaches to the forehead.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X