Zebra Dove

Scientific Name: Geopelia striata

Malay Name: Merbuk Biasa

Chinese Name: 斑姬地鸠

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Java

Taxonomy: Monotypic.

Size: 21-21.5 cm

Identification: Adult has pale bluish-grey forehead and face with light blue orbital skin, brownish-grey upperparts with dark bars and pinkish underparts with black and white barrings at hindneck, sides of neck and flanks. Juvenile looks duller and has less contrasting bars on hindneck.

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

Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds mostly on bare ground and short grass.

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.


BirdLife International. (2016). Geopelia striata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22690708A93284564.en. 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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