Spotted Dove (Spilopelia (fmrly Streptopelia) chinensis)

This pretty lady is a Spotted Dove –  so named for fairly obvious reasons! Sometimes known as the Mountain Dove, Pearl-necked or Lace-necked Dove as well as the Spotted Turtle Dove this species was originally common in India and SE Asia but has since spread successfully far and wide and this one has found a home in Perth, SW Australia, within cooing distance of my birdbath! 😉

She (I’m assuming this one is a she – they are usually found in pairs and it’s hard to tell the difference between the boys and the girls) will normally only use the bath as a source of drinking water as these birds prefer a sand bath to a watery one. In the heat of our Australian summer however, i have seen the odd bird be tempted into a quick shimmy under the warm water.

They are very shy and wary birds (particularly as there is a local hawk that hunts nearby) and she is constantly popping her head up after a very quick sip to make sure there is no imminent threat from any of the neighbourhood cats or the odd flying predator.

It can be a dog eat dog world, sometimes.

lovewillbringustogether - spotted dove4I love the sunlight twinkle in her orange eye and on her beak! 🙂

lovewillbringustogether - spotted dove3Going in for a sip!

lovewillbringustogether - spotted dove2She does not keep her head down for long – action shot!

lovewillbringustogether - spotted dove1The semi-circle on her breast is the sunlight reflecting from the water’s edge.

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