“Two Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis), one of which was still in juvenile plumage and appeared to be the male, were seen doing the courtship ritual in a Rose of India tree (Lagerstroemia speciosa).
“They crossed necks, ‘kissed’, bobbed their heads up and down, and pecked at each other’s breast areas. The male also flapped (left) and spread its wings to wrap round the other bird, assumed to be the female in adult plumage, as if trying to cuddle her. However, no cooing sound was heard.
“After a while the female left the scene, followed quickly by the male.
“The video, recorded on 21th Oct 2010 in my condo and edited to inject a bit of humour… above.
Sun Chong Hong
24th January 2011
*It has now been established that the above behaviour involves an adult feeding a juvenile – see comments below, and not courtship.