Spotted dove @ Agastya Foundation, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh

While I had recently visited the Agastya International Foundation, located at Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, I came across this beautiful bird. I was lucky to get some decent shots of this bird in the morning sunlight.

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Wikipedia says “The spotted dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is a small and somewhat long-tailed pigeon that is a common resident breeding bird across its native range on the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The species has been introduced into many parts of the world and feral populations have become established”

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The collar design of black dots was very beautiful and made it a special one and looks as if it is a proud and cool bird as well.

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This bird is known to feed on the ground on grains, grass seeds, fallen fruits and sometimes insects also like the winged termites.

 

Looking for a prey, a winged visitor…

Caught this bird quite far through my camera zoom.

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It was raining slightly.  The bird was scanning the neighbourhood quite intensely.

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When I zoomed in a bit more, it looked as if it did not have a beak!

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It had a brown head with light brown body down.

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Not finding anything to eat – perhaps – it turned giving me a better view of it from its back. And before I could click again, it flew away.  But I could get a fairly good view of its feathers /wings.

Did some research and with help from my friends, it seems that the bird is “Oriental Turtle Dove” . Maybe they are migrating from the northern part of India as winter is closing in there as these birds are known to migrate to South India during winter.