Showing posts with label Dove. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dove. Show all posts

Spotted Dove (Spilopelia Chinensis) Pictures and Detail (Also called Mountain or Pearl necked or Lace Necked Dove)

Spotted Dove, Dove,
Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove (Spilopelia Chinensis) Pictures and Detail 

We can find many doves around us and some of these doves are very common while others we rarely see. Earlier, I shared with you Laughing Dove (or Palm dove) and Rock dove (or Pigeon) which we commonly found around us. Today, I am going to share with you another dove or Pigeon, Spotted Dove, with whom I met in Himchal Pradesh. 

I noticed that a pair of doves is commonly coming to our home and nearby fields. I took my camera and captured some of its pictures. By studying it, I found that it is a long tail pigeon (dove) and it is called Spotted Dove. Its scientific name is Spilopelia Chinensis). It is also called Mountain or Pearl necked or Lace Necked Dove.


Spotted Dove
Spotted Dove
With some efforts, these birds become my friend and they started coming close to me and I took some of their nice pictures. These are native birds of Asia and we can easily spot them in India. Spotted doves have also established them in new geographical locations like Australia, Martitius, New Zealand, Hawaii, etc. These birds can be easily found in forests, near farmlands and human population and woodlands.

Spotted Doves mainly feed on seeds, grains, fallen fruits, insects and small vegetations. We often found these birds in pairs or in small groups. We can easily recognize a spotted dove through white spotted black collar on its neck and long tail. These birds have dark brown feathers with grey edges.


Spotted, Mountail Dove, Dove,
Spotted or Mountail Dove
When these birds are around, you can easily recognize them through the sound they make "Krookruk-krukroo... kroo kroo kroo".  Spotted Doves can breed any time of the year and the male spotted doves tries to impress the female spotted dove by displaying the white dotted black color patch. 

Pearl Necked Dove, Dove, Spotted Dove,
Pearl Necked Dove Feeding
Overall, Spotted doves are peaceful birds and which don't cause any major problem to you. 

Rock Dove (Pigeon) Pictures and Detail (Columba livia) (The Piegon we find around)

Rock Dove, Dove, Pigeon,
Rock Dove 


Rock Dove (Pigeon) Pictures and Detail (Columba livia)



Today, I am going to cover second Dove i.e. Rock Dove also popularly known as Rock Pigeon or simply Pigeon. The first dove, I covered on this blog was Laughing Dove, which we mostly see together with Rock Pigeons. 

Rock Pigeons are very common birds because they are very good in adapting to different geographic conditions.   Rock Doves belong to the bird group of Columbidae (the group to which all doves and Pigeons belong). There are total of 310 birds in this group. 



Pigeons, Grains,
Pigeons eating Grains 

We are feeding Pigeons from last 15 years, therefore, I am seeing them closely and can easily notice them with the sound they make. It is also common to see Pigeons in captivity and many people breed them. The relationship of humans and Pigeons is very old (10,000 years old) and before, the postal system, these birds were used to send essential mails or letters.

Rock, Pigeon
Rock Pigeon

Rock Pigeons are basically wild birds, however, with time they have adapted very well to the urban environment. Pigeons associate high rise buildings to rocks and use them to make their nests or for resting. We can find 12 subspecies of Pigeons worldwide with variation in color and size.

Rock, Pigeon
Rock Pigeon
Rock Pigeon male and female are identical; though, female pigeon has a less intense neck. In these pictures, you can notice great dark orange color eyes of Pigeons; though some subspecies of Pigeon do have white-grey eyes. Mostly Pigeons feed on grains, fruits and vegetations.
Rock Pigeon in Wild
Rock Pigeon in Wild 
Rock Pigeons or Pigeons are the most documented and studies bird and we know much more about this bird as compared to other birds. Pigeons can give eggs at any time of year; but they prefer summer and spring. We mostly see Pigeons in groups and some places we can find hundreds of them together.


Laughing Dove or Palm dove and Senegal dove (Spilopelia senegalensis) Pictures and Detail

Laughing Dove, Dove,
Laughing Dove

Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis) Pictures and Detail 


I am seeing Laughing Doves from my Childhood. They have always lived around me and it is common to find a single laughing dove or a pair them. Unlike Pigeons, they don't move in big groups. When we spread grains on the roof for Piegon, then one or two laughing doves also come to eat the grains.

Laughing Dove is a small pigeon  and it is found in Africa, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. The scientific name of Laughing dove is Spilopelia senegalensis and it is also known by names of Palm dove and Senegal dove. In these birds, we can notice a black colored necklace with embedded Rofous beats on it.

Laughing Dove, Back,
Laughing Dove from Back
The laughing doves are very silent and peaceful birds. Mostly big pigeons try to move them away so that they can't eat grains. I have never noticed them retaliating. This is a common bird and we can notice it with some search. It is common to find them near the group of pigeons.

Laughing Dove, Front,
Laughing Dove Front
The tail of these birds is quite long as compared to other pigeons. Laughing Dove has Pinkish brown color on the bottom and lilac around the head. Their wings are brownish with grey color at the end. These are resident bird; though, some of its species may make long movements.

laughing Dove
Laughing Dove on Tree
We also find some subspecies of these birds. They show flying characters of Piegon family like sharp turns. Laughing Dove mainly eats seeds, grains, small fruits, vegetation and some insects. When you follow Laughing Doves, then you can hear their calls (krroooo, okrroooo or coo, coo)

Below in the pictures, you can see two Laughing Dove finding insects together. Both sexes of Laughing dove are same, though, females are slighting paler than males. We can easily find Laughing Doves in woodland, farmland, suburban parks, plantations and gardens.
Laughing Dove,
Pair of Laughing Dove

pair, Laughing dove,
Pair of Laughing Dove
Laughing dove is a wonderful bird, I had a great experience with them. In the future, I will try to get more of their pictures to show more colors of their life.