Thursday, 28 July 2016

Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)

Adult Spotted Dove (subspecies S. c. tigrina) in Kuala Lumpur - July 2016

OTHER NAMES: Eastern Spotted Dove
Local Name (Malay): Tekukur
Featured Subspecies: Spilopelia chinensis tigrina
Weight: 160g
Length: 30-33 cm
Wingspan: 43-48cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

After feral pigeons, the Spotted Dove was the most common member of the pigeon family encountered in Malaysia, a common bird of parks, gardens and general rural spaces.  It has a very wide range, including places where it has been introduced, and can now be found over much of Southern Asia, Australia and a number of islands.  A fairly communal bird, they often travel around in pairs or small flocks.

Related Species:
ORDER: Columbiformes
FAMILY: Columbidae
GENUS: Spilopelia
SUBSPECIES: S. c. tigrina, S. c. chinensis, S. c. suratensis

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - An abundant resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Abundant throughout Malaysia, especially in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca
SINGAPORE - A common resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Several seen near Lower Peirce Reservoir.

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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