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

Eurasian Collared-Dove or Collared Dove (Streptopelia decapcto) Pictures and Detail

Eurasian Collared Dove, Collared Dove

Eurosian Collared Dove or Collared Dove (Streptopelia decapcto) Pictures and Detail

Today, I will talk about another dove species i.e. Eurasian Collared dove or popularly known as a collared dove. Earlier, I covered three dove species on this blog and they were Laughing Dove, Rock Dove and Spotted Dove. A collared dove is also a common form of a dove and it has spread to the many parts of the world. 


Eurasian Collared Dove, Collared Dove

The scientific name of this dove is Streptopelia decapcto and it is a native bird to Europe and Asia; however, it has been introduced to American continent too. Because of their good population, these birds are put under the category of a least concerned birds. 


Eurasian Collared Dove, Collared Dove

They also have the similar eating habits as that of other dove birds like grains, fruits, small insects, etc. I spotted a pair of Eurasian collared doves and found them mostly together which shows their strong relationship. They are called collared doves because of the black colored collar-like shape around their neck. 
Eurasian Collared Dove or Collared Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove or Collared Dove
They almost have the same length as of common pigeons but are slightly thinner in size. Their average length is 32 cm and a wingspan of 52 cm. Collared dove birds love to live around the human habitation so that they can easily get their food. It is common to see them in fields or around the fields to get the grains to eat. 
Eurasian Collared Dove or Collared Dove
Back of Eurasian Collared Dove or Collared Dove
The best way to recognize these birds is to recognize the half-collar of black color on the neck. Around the half-collar at edges, we can also notice white color. 
juvenile, Eurasian Collared Dove, Collared Dove
The black-colored half-collar is not clearly visible in the juvenile birds. The opposite sexes of the collared dove are similar in shape but female birds are slightly smaller in size. They have two subspecies that differ slightly in color and shape. 
Eurasian Collared Dove or Collared Dove

In the picture below, you can see the pair of collared dove which I mostly found around me. 
pair, collared dove,


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 of 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.



dove, laughing, palm dove,

Laughing Dove is a small pigeon and it is found in Africa, the Middle East, and the 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 a Pinkish brown color on the bottom and lilac around the head. Their wings are brownish with grey color at the end. These are resident birds; 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 the 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 in their life.