Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 296 - Spotted Turtle-Dove / Spotted Dove

The Spotted Turtle-Dove or Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is an introduced species in Australia,  and according to the most recent guide it is confined to 'alienated habitats' - which is a phrase I have not heard before.

They are common in Melbourne, but seem to be more noticeable in my area in autumn when all the leaves - or most accurately acorns - have fallen from the oaks we have as street trees.  I spent sone time this weekend looking for these birds feeding in the fallen leaves, but they seemed to prefer driveways and pavements.

You can also see in these pictures, that once a dove has found an acorn it may not always be the easiest thing for them to swallow!







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27 comments:

Brian King said...

Beautiful dove! Not far off from our Mourning Doves.

Margaret Adamson said...

I lovely Dove Stewart and great photos Thanks for hosting and have a good week.

Ranten said...

The Spotted Dove looks beautiful!

Phil Slade said...

Very interesting Stewart. I find it very surprising that a dove that size would eat acorns. On the other hand, I would imagine that the bird would not need to eat many to be sated.

Rhodesia said...

Lovely photos Stewart. Think I have linked up my latest update with Wild Bird Wednesday. Cheers Diane

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
They are both pretty and melodious! YAM xx

Marie Smith said...

The colours are vivid! Love that creature!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

I guess their gizzard is adapted to such a tough shell. How do you feel living in an alienated neighborhood? Maybe it is a synonym for one with bountiful acorns and people there must wear thick-soled shoes!

Kaya said...

Beautiful Spotted Dove, Stewart!
Yes, a dove struggled to swallow an acorn but eventually he did it.
Thank you for sharing these wonderful series of photos!

David Gascoigne said...

I have seen this species in different locations throughout Asia,where I assume it was not in alienated places, whatever the hell that means!

NatureFootstep said...

It is a beautiful dove. I saw it in Queensland and earlier in Honolulu, Hawaii. :)

Nora said...

That is a very pretty dove. Love the necklace collar on it.

JP A Quiet Corner said...

Of course, although I've never seen one until now, they are SO beautiful! Their coloring is AWESOME!...:)JP

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

lovely creature. I've never seen one of our mourning doves swallow down an acorn...and we have plenty of them. But they love my feeders.

Betty Crow said...

Beautiful markings. He is quite the handsome fella. Well, once he got that acorn swallowed.

A Colorful World said...

Love this type of dove...a new one for me! Really pretty spotted collar! So, your Autumn has begun! I look forward to Fall shots from all our lower hemisphere friends! Thanks again so much for your WBW blog!!! I look forward to it every week!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart! Lovely photos of another bird I have never seen before, and it's very attractive with its necklace of pretty feathers.

Missy George said...

They look much like our doves..I don't think ours have the sam eneck ring..If I were home, I'd look out the window and check..Enjoy the rest of your week..

Missy George said...

They look much like our doves..I don't think ours have the sam eneck ring..If I were home, I'd look out the window and check..Enjoy the rest of your week..

photodoug said...

Stewart, charming dove. Thanks for sharin

Beth said...

What a pretty dove Stewart. My mourning doves are pairing up - I had four of them today.

Linda said...

What a pretty dove!

Anu said...

Hello Stewart. It is an interesting and beautiful dove.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like doves -- Not many birds around our house yet. Next month, it will quiet down here as most of the snowbirds leave by the first of April. Then we'll see the more interesting birds in our trees and grass. Until then we have to drive to go birding.

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos of a beautiful dove. I wonder if they were "introduced" for hunting?

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos of a beautiful dove. I wonder if they were "introduced" for hunting?

Lady Fi said...

Sweet shots.