Red Collared Dove

Scientific Name: Streptopelia tranquebarica

Malay Name: Tekukur Merah

Chinese Name: 火斑鸠

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

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: humilis, tranquebarica.

Size: 23-24.5 cm

Identification: 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.

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