Streptopelia chinensis

Streptopelia chinensis

Streptopelia chinensis

(Spotted Turtle Dove)

FAMILY

Columbidae

Species

Streptopelia chinensis

Common name

Spotted Turtle Dove

Main colour

Brown to grey

Distinctive feature

Mottled back wings and tail and white spots back of neck, size 26-33 cm

Campus

Cairns

Description

This dove can be found in urban areas particularly where there are grass seeds, the body is basically brown to grey often with a mauve to pinkish tinge. The wings, back and tail are mottled dark and light brown, and on the back of the neck there is a patch of black with white spots, underparts are pale brown-grey with a pinkish tinge. Legs and feet brown, eyes black, bill dark. Raises and lowers tail on alighting.