Pigeons and doves of India

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
Sound Courtesy of Pamela C. Rasmussen,AV#2539 & AV#2540. Accessible at avocet.zoology.msu.edu/recordings/2539. & avocet.zoology.msu.edu/recordings/2540.

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
Sound Courtesy of Shiladitya Mukherjee,XC134201. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/134201.