Spotted Doves in territorial dispute

posted in: Interspecific, Pigeon-Dove, Videography | 0

“Getting back from work today, I saw an Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) being chased by crows right over my house. I ran in to get my camera, and when I came out again, the birds were by then quite a distance away…

“Just when I was watching the birds disappeared over the distance, I heard some squabbling nearby, and it turned out to be a pair of Spotted Doves (Streptopelia chinensis) having what I think was a territorial dispute by the roadside outside my house, their breast colours seemingly brighter than usual in the heat of it all… The stand off lasted a few minutes, and ended when passers-by approached and the birds flew off.

“…the two screenshots (above) – something different from the lovey-dovey courtship scenes in recent posts.

“So much drama after a long day at work!”

Lena Chow
10th February 2011

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