1887. Geopelia striata striata

(1887) Geopelia striata striata (Linn.).
Geopelia striata striata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. v. p. 258.
This tiny and pretty little Dove is a resident bird from the South of Tenasserim, throughout the Malay Peninsula and the islands, to Java.
The birds of this genus frequent open country, cultivated fields and the outskirts of villages. Robinson says (Journ. Fed. Malay States) :—“The general habits of this little Dove are the same as those of tigrina. It keeps about cultivation and feeds on the ground, walking about here and there and picking up seeds.”
I can find no record of its breeding in Tenasserim, bub I have secured many nests and eggs from the Malay States and islands. The nests are tiny platforms of thin twigs and bents only about 4 inches in diameter by an inch or leas in depth, very flimsy in character and built on low bushes, often thorny ones growing in scrub- and bush-jungle or, less often, on bamboos in bamboo-forest. In Java Houwing tells me they breed freely in the coffee-trees and rubber-trees in the plantations.
In the Malay States they breed in January and February, in Borneo in March, in Siam in June and in Java in July and August ; in all these places, however, it is more than possible they also breed in other months, and may have just as long a breeding season as most other Doves. Edgar (Journ. Raffles Mus. no. 8, Dec. 1933) says :—“I have found nests from December to May, and saw a bird carrying nesting material on the 23rd May.” This note refers to Perak birds.
The eggs, two in number, are quite typical little Doves’ eggs, pure white, generally rather long ellipses, occasionally broader and with normal texture and smooth surface.
Twenty-eight eggs average 22.1 x 17.1 mm. : maxima 24.4 x 18.2 mm. ; minima 19.3 x 14.3 and 20.6 x 14.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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Barred Ground Dove
Zebra Dove
Geopelia striata
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