Western Spotted Dove Spilopelia suratensis

(aka Chinese Spotted Dove, Spot-necked Dove, Spotted Turtle Dove, Streptopelia chinensis, Stigmatopelia chinensis)
Spotted Dove, Kori La, Mongar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image

Kori La, Mongar, Bhutan
April 2008

The Western Spotted Dove is distributed from Pakistan along the Himalayas to north-eastern India and southwards through India to Sri Lanka. It has also been introduced to the USA, Australia  and New Zealand.

It avoids dry areas and is generally found in deciduous forest and in agricultural areas and gardens.

It has black feathers with white tips on the sides of the neck. The back and most of the wings are grey-brown with pale edgings.

There are recordings on xeno-canto and additional information is available via Avibase .

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