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Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-01 6:29
Viewed: 3598
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw this Dove on my school campus yesterday morning. I recognize Indian Doves quite clearly, but this one I was not at all familiar with. A little research suggested that it could be a Turtle Dove. Fortunately, my friend Ivan has once again come to my rescue and identified the bird for me. It is a Spotted Dove. Thanks, Ivan!

The Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis), also known as the Spotted Turtle Dove, is a pigeon which is a resident breeding bird in tropical southern Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka east to south China and Southeast Asia. It is also known as the Chinese Dove, Mountain Dove, or Lace-necked Dove.

As it possesses numeous apomorphies separating it from the "typical" turtle- and collared doves (Streptopelia sensu stricto), it is here separated in the genus proposed for it, Spilopelia. DNA sequence data is quite in line with such a treatment, but would favour including the Spotted Dove's closest living relative (Laughing Dove, S. senegalensis) in Spilopelia also. While these two species are each rather autapomorphic in appearance, their behaviour and molecular data support treating them as a small and distinct genus, perhaps originating on the northern Mascarene Plateau (now submerged) or in the lands around the northern Arabian Sea, which regions are between their present-day ranges.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-01 7:49]

You're on the right track in suggesting a type of turtle dove Ram.
It is of the same genus, Streptopelia and the spots on the wing and a glimpse of the black spots on the neck tell me that this is the Spotted Dove, Streptopelia chinensis.
Though the POV is not ideal to see the salient features this is a sharp image with nice natural colours and set in a pleasing composition.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-04-01 11:07]

Hola Ram.
Esta hermosa Paloma luce sus bellos atributos y colorido gracias a la calidad de la imagen.
Saludos Ram.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-01 12:42]

Hello Ram.
I like the pose and the composition.Nice light and colours. The details are very good.Very well done.
Best regards Siggi

Nice clear and detailed photo, good pose, pity about the branch in front of the subject

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-04-11 16:21]

Hi Ram,

This is a Dove I have not seen before. A fine looking pigeon with the wonderful red eye circle and, of course, the spots. Captured in a nice pose with natural colors, sharp details and a perfect blue sky background.


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