Those who follow my blog might remember my series, Birds We See Around, which I started to showcase birds that come to my garden both regularly and seasonally. The idea of starting the series sprang up with the arrival of a migratory bird, black redstart, in my garden last winter. It was a tiny, beautiful creature and perhaps has migrated northwards as we are about to experience summer in this part of the world. I hope it will come back again in winter.
As spring is in full bloom, a number of birds are visiting us every morning and afternoon. Of them, the most regular ones are Spotted Doves. The spotted doves look somewhat like a pigeon with a comparatively longer tail and rich, dappled plumage. They have a white-spotted black patch on the upper side of the neck that makes them look distinctly different from Mourning Doves. The tail is white-tipped which is only visible when they are flying. They take the fly from the ground with a great flutter and rapid wing-beats that often startles other small birds like sparrows and common tailorbirds. However, I love to watch them taking a flight or gliding down to a perch.
They come in a group; about five to six and it seems they share a great camaraderie. They feed on grass seeds, grains and pieces of fruits and never interfere in other’s affairs. They are quite decorous in nature, I must admit.
Spotted doves are mostly found in the Indian sub-continent, China and Hawaii. They live both in urban and rural areas and, the nesting occurs mostly in pairs. The male expresses its amorous feelings with a typical cooing sound. Normally, they make a soft cooing sound as krooo-krooo-koo with the repetition of koo at the end. It’s mellifluous and quite soothing to the ears.
If you’re interested, you can listen to the call here.
It’s a pleasure framing these birds as they are great poseurs and, a little patience yields highly satisfying results. I especially love their eyes, bright and beautiful like glistening beads.