Spotted Dove


(Hindi name: Chitrokha Kangari)

Spotted dove is a shy bird. This bird is also called as pearl-necked dove or lace-necked dove due to distinctive marking on its nape.

In this article we will explore where to spot this bird, and learn more about its habits and habitat.

Habitat: Best places to spot Spotted Dove

Spotted dove can be seen in mountains, urban areas, sub-urban areas, rural areas. It also can be found in gardens, woodlands, farmlands. It is not seen in dense forest areas.

Nesting Habits

It builts nest in trees or in bushes near open area. Both male and female take part in building the nest. The nest is often flimsy.

Food Habits

Spotted dove feeds on seeds, grains and low vegetation. It forages alone or in pairs, but flocks of several can be seen at food rich site.

Plumage: How does this bird looks?

This dove has pale brown upperparts, which have dark buff streaks. Breast is pale pinkish grey. Its tail is brown and long with white tips. Head is pale pink to grey. On back of neck, it has black patch finely spotted with white.
Its bill is black. Eyes are reddish brown. Legs and feet are red. Both sexes are similar. Young bird is duller and lacks the patch on back of neck.


Spotted dove is non-migratory bird. It is a monogamous and breeds year around. Female lays one or two eggs. Incubation period is of 14-16 days and both parents incubate the eggs. Young ones fledge in about two weeks.


  • Kingdom – Animalia
  • Phylum – Chordata
  • Class – Aves
  • Order- Columbiformes
  • Family- Columbidae
  • Genus – Spilopelia
  • Species- S. chinensis
  • Binomial name- Spilopelia chinensis

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