Nest building by Spotted Dove

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Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS documented a pair of Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis tigrina) building their nest near his home in Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia on 1st May 2010.

The nest was built 4-5 metres up in a Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis) tree, well hidden inside the dense crown.

One of the adults would get the material from the ground below the tree. Instead of flying directly to the nesting site, it flew to a nearby electrical cable to check on the presence of potential predators (below left) before flying to the nest site (above). It passed on the material to its mate hidden among the foliage and immediately flew out of the site (below right), leaving its mate to continue with nest construction.

With most doves and pigeons, the male sources out the material while the female builds the nest. It is thus assumed that this is the case here as the sexes are not distinguishable from the plumage.

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