The Spotted Turtle-Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) is a medium-sized bird found on the eastern coast of Australia, and a few colonies in southern and western Australia. It is also called Mountain Dove, Pearl-Necked Dove, or Lace-Necked Dove.
The Spotted Turtle-Dove has a pale grey head, with a white-spotted black patch on the back of its neck. Its chest is pinkish-grey. Its wings, back, and tail are mottled dark and light brown. It has a long tail that has grey undertail feathers and tipped white outer tail feathers.
It grows to 28-32 centimetres (11-12.5 inches) tall.
The Spotted Turtle is seen pairs or parties. It feeds on the ground
It prefers urban areas, such as parks and gardens, as well as open woodlands and forests.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM