Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

Spotted Dove

Scientific name:

 Streptopelia chinensis 



Conservation status:

 Introduced and naturalised

Mainland status:

 Locally common in the Auckland area

Size:  30cm, 130g




 October - February


 Seeds, grain, occasional invertebrates

The Spotted Dove was introduced to New Zealand as a cage bird but is now found in well treed suburbs, city parks and rural areas of Auckland, South Auckland, Te Puke and Opotiki.

The bird has a grey head tinged pink and the back, wings and rump are mottled brown. The nape and back of the neck is black with white spots. The long tail has darker outer feathers broadly tipped with white. The eye is red, the bill is black and the feet are pink. The call is a repeated ‘croo-croo’ or ‘cu-cu-croo-crook’.

They eat grass, clover and weed seeds, and split grain supplemented with the occasional invertebrates such as snails.

Breeding is mainly between October and February and they renest several times a season. They lay 2 white eggs in a well concealed flimsy platform of twigs. Both adults incubate for about 16 days and the chicks fledge at about 15 days old.

Although spotted doves are quite common on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, they are not often seen on Tiritiri Matangi.

Learn more about the spotted dove at New Zealand Birds Online.

Photography by: Max McRae ©
References: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking.