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.

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: 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
eBird Species page: eBird (Spotted Dove)

BirdLife International. (2016). Spilopelia chinensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.