14 April, 2012

Spotted Dove

Scientific Name: Spilopelia chinensis

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Original range is the Indian Subcontinent including India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka east to southern Tibet and Southeast Asia. It has been introduced to  Hawaii and Southern California, Singapore, the Philippines, northern Indonesia, Bangladesh, and eastern Australia.

Field Notes: Large dove with dusky rose to grey head, neck, and belly. Wings brown. Distinctive black neck patch with white spots. 

Personal Notes: Seen at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, Australia. 

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