New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

Spotted Dove

Scientific name:

 Streptopelia chinensis 

 

 

Conservation status:

 Introduced and naturalised

Mainland status:

 Locally common in the Auckland area

Size:  30cm, 130g

Lifespan:

 Unknown

Breeding:

 October - February

Diet:

 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.