1308. Turtur tigrinus

1308. Turtur tigrinus.

The Malay Spotted Dove.

Columba tigrina, Temm. Pigeons, i, pl. 43 (1808-11). Turtur suratensis, apud Blyth, Cat. p. 236, part. Turtur tigrinus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxiv, p. 480; id. Ibis, 1867, p. 150; Ball, S. F. i, p. 80; Hume, N. & E. p. 506; id. S. F. ii, p. 269; Blyth & Wald. Birds Burm. p. 145; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 164; Armstrong, S. P. iv, p. 337 ; Hume & Dar. S. F. vi, p. 422; Anderson, Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 665 ; Hume, Cat. no. 795 bis ; Hume & Inglis, S. F. ix, p. 258; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 290; id. in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 356; Salvadori, Cat. B. M. xxi, p. 440. Gyo, Burmese.

Coloration. similar to that of T. suratensis, except that there are no distinct rufous spots on the back, whilst those on the wing-coverts are much smaller and less distinct, and the shaft-stripes are not so well marked, the white tips to the tail-feathers also are much shorter. The difference is not great, and T. suratensis in worn plumage closely resembles T. tigrinus when freshy moulted ; in fact these are merely local races.

Bill bluish black; eyelids and skin of face plumbeous ; irides reddish ; legs deep red; claws dark horn (Oates).

Length about 12; tail 5.5; wing 5.5; tarsus .9; bill from gape .9.

Distribution. Throughout Burma, extending east to Cochin China and south through the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago as far as Celebes. Birds from Upper Burma are sometimes intermediate between this race and T. suratensis.

Habits, &c. Similar to those of T. suratensis. The breeding-season extends throughout the year, but is especially from August to March.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
1308. Turtur tigrinus
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Malay Spotted Dove
Spilopelia chinensis tigrina
Vol. 4

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