Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)

The Spotted Dove is long tailed buff brown with a white-spotted black collar patch on the back and sides of the neck. The tail tips are white and the wing coverts have light buff spots. They are seen all over the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and are residents in light forests, gardens as well as some quieter and greener urban areas.

Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller than adults and do not acquire the neck spots until they are mature. They are found on the ground and on low branches where they forage for seeds, grain or low vegetation. They nest mainly in low vegetation, building a flimsy cup of twigs in which two whitish eggs are laid.

Their voice is a soft, soothing ‘krookruk-krukroo…kroo…kroo.kroo’.

The species has been extending its range in many parts of the world.

I photographed this specimen in the Nilgiris, Tamilnadu.

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