AGM 2020

Date posted: 25-Jul-2020

Monday 14th September 2020, 7.30pm at the Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mt Al..

Ferry Resuming July 4th!

Date posted: 01-Jun-2020

Great News!!! We have confirmation Fuller360 ferry service to Tiritiri Matangi wi..

The 2020 Photo Competition Winners

Date posted: 22-May-2020

Here are the winning and commended photos from this year's competition. Congratulations to the photo..

Celebrate the Takahe Art Competition

Date posted: 08-Apr-2020

Hi Tiri Kids, It’s TakahÄ“ Awareness Month! Everyone loves our takah..

COVID-19 Important Information

Date posted: 25-Mar-2020

The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. Th..

2019 Winner Primary School Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Ethan Raymond

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Ethan has helped the Enviro-Warriors in many ways such as planning, gard..

2019 Winner Y8-Y13 NIWA Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Abby Haezelwood

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Abby Haezelwood with her winning Science Exhibit on Plastic Beaches at the NIWA Taihoro Nuk..

The Tiritiri Concert

Date posted: 11-Feb-2020

Folk on the Water The 2020 Tiritiri Matangi Conce..

2020 Photo competition now open

Date posted: 15-Jan-2020

This year's photo competition is now open for entries. Please click here (/m..

More plaudits for Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

Recognition of the wonderful experience visitors have when visiting the Island h..

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.