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Spotted dove

Spilopelia chinensis, Streptopelia chinensis


Long tailed buff brown with a white-spotted black collar patch on the back and sides of the neck. The head and tail tips are white and the wing coverts have light buff spots. Black beak, red feet. Underparts are pinkish grey. Spotted Doves are the most common dove seen in open areas. They are not shy of humans and when approached, often keep pecking on the ground and fly off only at the last moment. Often seen perching on wires or low trees and palms. They fly off from the ground with an explosive flutter. Spotted Doves forage alone, or in pairs. These doves are mostly found on the ground. They eat grass seeds, grains and bits of vegetation. They forage on the ground, on open land.


The species is found in light forests and gardens as well as in urban areas.


Their call is like low coo-croo-coo, soft te-croo-croo. That's why it is also called "Ghughu" in Bengali in India.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on May 4, 2014
Submitted on May 7, 2014

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