A Regular Visitor
The Spotted Dove is like a talisman for us. This is because it appears to follow us in our life journeys and travels... It lives in the cities in which we have lived and can be seen in the cities in which we have spent time as tourists. Quite simply, the Spotted Dove is suitably adapted to life in city and town environments and can be found in many parts of the world.
A native of eastern Asia, the Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is known as Tekukur in Malay. The bird especially likes to forage for seeds, and perhaps this was the reason for its visit yesterday: I had cleared a bed of seeding choy sum plants and some of its seeds had fallen to the ground in this area.
Are the cabbage-like seeds of the choy sum part of the diet of the Spotted Dove? A theory to be tested...