Stigmatopelia chinensis   (Scopoli,  1786) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

Color: White-spotted pinkish brown and grey upperparts, and white-and-black ' chessboard' on hindneck are leading clues to its identity. Sexes alike. Pairs or parties, in open wooded country, gleaning in stubble fields, on cross-country cart tracks, etc.

Voice: Call- An oft-repeated, pleasant though some what mournful kroo-kruk-krukroo.... kroo-kroo-kroo, the number of final kroos varying from 3 to 6.

Habits: Affects open well-wooded and cultivated country, avoids arid tracts. Becomes quite tame and confiding if unmolested, freely entering gardens and verandas of bungalows. Flight as of other doves, swift and strong, attained by vigorous wing strokes.

Nesting: Season- undefined, practically all year. Nest- the customary flimsy dove structure of 'two crossed sticks' low down in a tree or bush, also under eaves and on cornices and beams etc., in verandas of inhabited bungalows. Eggs- 2, white. Both sexes share in all the domestic duties.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Spotted Dove (English)
• Chitroka fakhta (Hindi)
• Chitta fakhta (Hindi)
• Parki (Hindi)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Goa, Poinguinim INDIA (Record: 24/12/1968)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Lainer, H (2004) Birds of Goa : A reference book The Goa Foundation, Goa 244 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Ali, S (1977) The book of Indian birds Bombay Natural History Society 175 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Wikipedia Available at -

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