Red Collared Dove

Scientific Name: Streptopelia tranquebarica
Malay Name: Tekukur Merah
Chinese Name: 火斑鸠

Found from the Indian subcontinent to China, Taiwan, Indochina and the Philippines with feral populations established in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore

Polytypic. Subspecies are: humilis, tranquebarica.

Size: 23-24.5 cm

Male has distinctive vinous-red plumage, greyish head and black hindneck-bar. Body and wing-coverts of female mostly brownish and has less grey on head. Juvenile resembles female but lacks the hindneck-bar.

Habitat: Open habitats like grasslands and reclaimed lands.


Local Status: Uncommon introduced resident.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

Location: Tanah Merah Grassland, Lorong Halus, Punggol Barat, Kranji Marsh, Pasir Ris Park and Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Lim Chu Kang.

Featured articles:

BirdLife International. (2018). Streptopelia tranquebarica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.