Sunday, 20 October 2013

Spotted Dove - Spilopelia Chinensis

You must have seen the Spotted Dove a couple of times, if you reside at Bangalore/Indian Subcontinent. These birds have Black-White patches on the side of their neck and White spots on their feathers (as seen in the photo).
These doves prefer to be in pairs or a group, and get noisy during the breeding season. Both the sexes take responsibility of building nest, incubating, and feeding the hatchlings. These birds eat grains, seeds, fruits, and smaller insects. The doves aren't as commonly found as the Common Pigeon. However, if you visit a garden or drive out of town or reside at a quieter place, you can spot these birds.
A pair of spotted doves

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