Sunday 26 November 2023

Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis, 珠颈斑鸠).

Overlooking the odd feral pigeon, there are two main species of doves common to the woodland areas of Changsha. The oriental turtle-dove has more colourful feathers and makes a 'here-here-oo-oo' sound, while this spotted dove is plainer (aside from its black and white neck half-collar and its rosy-grey breast feathers) and makes a 'coo-coo-a-roo' call. They are both shy, and liable to fleeing ground or perch at the raising of a camera or swift hand-movement.

Spotted Dove in Changsha