Category Archives: Birds of India Quick ID

Spotted dove Spilopelia chinensis

Key Features It is a small bird, with rosy brown color. The most striking feature is the black and white “chess board” collar on its neck.They visit gardens and are found in urban areas. Range They are found throughout India except in the desert regions.
Spotted Dove - Spilopelia chinensis in India

Photo Courtesy of Vishal Prabhu
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Rock Dove Columba livia

Key Features Also known as rock pigeon, this is a familiar bird in cities and towns. The true wild form has slaty-grey feathers with two dark bars on wings. They have metallic green and purple sheen around neck and upper breast.Legs are coral red. There are domestic pigeon breeds having wide variation in color and patterns, but they all belong to the same species of rock dove. Range They are found throughout India.
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Photo on right, Courtesy of J.M. Garg Photo left top, Courtesy of Luis Alejandro Escalante Rodríguez Photo left bottom, Courtesy of Nabarunsadhya
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Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

Key Features Sparrow sized bird with bluish or bluish-green upper parts and rusty orange lower parts.They have a large bill.They are found near water. Range They are found throughout India.
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Photo Courtesy of Dr Jyoti Prasad Pattnaik
Sound Courtesy of Mike Nelson , XC73074. Accessible at

White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

Key Features White-throated kingfishers are bright blue birds with chocolate colored head and belly.Throat and breast has white.They are tree kingfishers and hence can be found away from water as well. Range They are found throughout India.They can be found in towns and cities.
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White-bellied Treepie Dendrocitta leucogastra

Key Features White-bellied treepies have the back of their head,breast and belly white.The face and neck are black.They have a very long tail. Range They are endemic to South India.They are less associated with human habitation than the widespread rufous treepie.
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Photo Courtesy of Joby Joseph
Sound Courtesy of David Farrow, XC19894 & Dilip KG, XC168286. Accessible at &