Spotted Dove – egg

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During this Covid 19 lockdown period we had noticed a pair of Pink-necked Green Pigeons building a nest in the garden; I observed the male a number of times bringing nesting material to the female. It was a precarious location chosen, an abutment of 3 shrubs/trees (one being a Curry Leaf Tree Murraya koenigii), and we were concerned with success. We had have been having a series of rain storms. As expect they abandoned the nest after one of these strong storms.

Much of the nest was intact and we were surprised to find a pair of Spotted Doves (Stigmatopelia chinensis tigrina) occupying it a few days later. They were soon incubating the eggs. Sadly more violent rain storms damaged the nest further and they lost both eggs and the nest. My wife found one egg cracked but intact on the ground below the nest.

The intact egg was glossy white (discoloured in the image), elliptical and measured 26.0mm by 21.0mm (see images above). Measurements in Wells 1999 of 2 local eggs was 26.4-27.2 by 21.1-22.5. Data from Birds of the World (2020) was more variable in size (range 25–35mm by 19–23mm) but could reflect the different geographical locations.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Urban environment

Date: 6th May 2020

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR IF-ED

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