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This little fella was spotted on daughter’s back lawn in Auckland, New Zealand. Not having seen such a bird before, I grabbed the camera and took this picture through the kitchen window. On arriving home I searched my bird books and discovered it under ’ Uncommon Birds of New Zealand.’
Malay Spotted Dove –
Introduced : From Asia as a caged bird, now breeding wild from escaped stock. ( not protected )
Field characteristics : Half size of Rock Pigeon, long white tipped tale, black collar with white spots, slightly rosy-grey breast.
Immature : Duller all over and lacks black collar. Spectacular display flight with wings and tail stiffly spread.
Melodious multi-syllabic cooing call.
Distribution and habitat : Confined to greater Auckland area. In open gardens and parks, roosting in trees, on telegraph wires, TV aerials and rooftops. Feeds on ground and lawns, mainly on seeds.
Breeding : Throughout the year. Nest : A flimsy cup-shaped platform of twigs, well concealed in large, dense trees.
Eggs : Two, white, possibly more than one brood per year.
Fuji HS10 619mm, 1/60, f/8, iso 400, mode manual.