spotted turtle-dove

spotted turtle-dove

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spotted turtle-dove

In general small pigeons are called doves although there is no clear distinction between one and the other. This is a Spotted Turtle-Dove, it is an introduced species and easily identified by its spotted neck. Apart from a few small colonies they live on the eastern seaboard, hugging the coast and spreading over the lower half of the south-eastern states. There are two forms, the larger is from China and the smaller from South-East Asia and both have hybridised except for one colony in QLD. They are very graceful and make a pleasant ‘coo-wook’.

Captured at Look At Me Now Headland, Emerald Beach, north coast NSW.

Acknowledgement: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed.