Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) - HBW 4, p. 140

French: Tourterelle tigrine German: Perlhalstaube Spanish: Tórtola Moteada
Other common names: Laceneck/Necklace/Spot-necked/Spotted-necked Dove, Indian/Chinese Turtle-dove, Pearl-necked Dove

Taxonomy: Columba chinensis Scopoli, 1786, Canton, China.
Distinct from all other members of genus; closest relative has been claimed to be S. senegalensis. Race suratensis has been considered sufficiently distinct for potential recognition as a separate species. Many more races have been described. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • suratensis (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - Pakistan, Nepal and India S to Sri Lanka, and E to Bhutan and Assam.
  • chinensis (Scopoli, 1786) - Myanmar to C & E China (Sichuan, W Yunnan and Hainan N & E to Hebei) and Taiwan.
  • tigrina (Temminck, 1810) - Bangladesh, extreme NE India, Myanmar and Thailand through Indochina, Philippines and Greater and Lesser Sundas to Timor.