Spotted Dove

Scientific Name: Spilopelia chinensis
Malay Name: Tekukur Jerum Timur
Chinese Name: 珠颈斑鸠

Found from the Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia

Polytypic. Subspecies are: suratensis, ceylonensis, tigrina, chinensis, hainana.

Size: 30-31 cm

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.

Habitat: Open habitats like grasslands, reclaimed lands and urban areas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Forages mostly on the ground for grass seeds and grains.

Local Status: 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.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2016). Spilopelia chinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.