2 Turtle Doves


“Barbary doves

The barbary dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea), originally from central Africa, is small and creamy-coloured, with a black collar around the back of its neck. It is about 140 grams in weight and 28 centimetres long. Found in only a few scattered sites in both main islands ??? mostly in Auckland, Northland and Hawke???s Bay ??? the population may be fewer than 100 birds.
Spotted doves

The spotted dove (Streptopelia chinensis), or spotted turtle-dove, is a small pinkish-buff dove, with mottled brown wings and back, and a wide black collar speckled with white. It is found only in a few areas in the North Island ??? Northland, Auckland and the Bay of Plenty ??? mainly in city parks and rural areas. Native to Asia, it was brought to New Zealand as a caged ornamental bird.”

Christina Troup. ‘Introduced land birds – Pigeons and doves’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 1-Mar-09
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/introduced-land-birds/2


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