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Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis tigrina   - Food item
Spotted Dove
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 30 January 2018
English synonyms:Burmese Spotted Dove, Spot-necked Dove, Burmese Spot-necked Dove, Indian Spot-necked Dove, Spotted-necked Dove, Spotted Turtle Dove, Spotted Turtle-Dove, Necklace Dove, Chinese Necklace Dove, Chinese Spotted Dove, Chinese Spotted Turtle Dove, Indian Spotted Turtle Dove, Malay Spotted Turtle Dove, Tigrine Dove, Ceylon Spotted Dove, Laceneck Dove, Pearl-necked Dove, Eastern Spotted Dove (chinensis, tigrina), Western Spotted Dove (suratensis)
Bird Family :Columbidae - Pigeons & Doves
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :The food sources the Spotted Dove are often too small to be observed, even with a video, and are assumed to be predominantly seeds. I am fairly certain, after numerous observations, that they feed on the remains of fruiting ficus and are often found at the base of these trees to pick up remnants. This week I saw 6 Spotted Doves feeding at edge of a mining pool that was being used for fish farming. The farmers throw this rich food/fertilise like material at the end of the pond for the fish and many birds come to feed on it (Mynas, Pond Herons, Egrets), presumably looking for worms. The Spotted Doves were actively feeding on yellow-orange fibrous material interspersed in the fish food. I suspect this is Palm Oil (Elaeis guyeensis) fruit (mesocarp or pulp) which has been mixed into the feed. I have previously reported Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) feeding on Palm Oil fruit. Video recording here: https://youtu.be/WTlLeSoNhNI
Taxonomic Notes :

Clements World Checklist recognises three subspecies: chinensis, tigrina and suratensis. Howard & Moore (2003) list hainana in addition, while Gibbs et al (2001) accept seven subspecies, adding ceylonensis, forresti and vacillans.

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