Nesting of Spotted Dove

on 26th July 2008

Opel Mok directed me to his images of a pair of Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) that found his pot of mint plant a suitable place to build their nest (above).

The pair checked out his garden on 7th July 2008, built a simple nest made up of a platform of twigs and the female went on to lay a white egg two days later. A second egg was laid another two days later and on 17th July the two eggs were still in the nest (below).


From past observations on Pink-necked Green Pigeons (Treron vernans), both parents help in incubation and brooding. The male bird usually takes on the duty during the daylight hours while the female takes over the night shift. The Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata) similarly follows this schedule but as the sexes are not differentiated externally, we simply assume that it follows the same behaviour.

In this case, the different sexes of the Spotted Dove cannot also be distinguished but we can always observe the shift change in the mornings and evenings.

Hopefully, Opel will keep us informed if he continues his observations until the chicks fledge.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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