Scientific Name: Spilopelia chinensis
Malay Name: Tekukur Jerum Timur
Chinese Name: 珠颈斑鸠
Range: Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: suratensis, ceylonensis, tigrina, chinensis, hainana.
Size: 30-31 cm
Identification: Adult has greyish-brown upperparts with blackish streaks on upperwings, prominent black collar with white spots at back of neck, greyish face and pale vinous-pink underparts. Juvenile looks darker and has less obvious collar at back of neck.
Similar looking species: Oriental Turtle Dove
Habitat: Open habitats like grasslands, reclaimed lands and urban areas.
Behaviour/Ecology: Forages mostly on the ground for grass seeds and grains.
Local Status: Very common resident
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)
Location: Lorong Halus, Kranji Marsh, Tuas South, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bidadari and any suitable patch of habitat.
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
BirdLife International. (2016). Spilopelia chinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T60482887A95160992.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Spotted Dove. Retrieved on September 27, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/spotted-dove.