Spotted Dove
Streptopelia chinensis

Spotted Dove, Streptopelia chinensisThis picture was taken from an old VHS tape I shot in the early 1980's for use in my classroom.  The Chinese spotted dove was so common that I didn't take pictures of it (I could always get a different shot if I needed it.)  In 2000, when I started this web site, I wanted better quality pictures with my digital camera.  The spotted doves had completely disappeared from the all of Orange County, and much of Los Angeles County.  The ground doves also disappeared.

Spotted Dove, Streptopelia chinensisI finally got this picture, clearly showing the black mantle with white spots, by borrowing a museum specimen from The Shipley Nature Center, in Huntington each.  In the early 20th century, the Chinese spotted dove was released in a park in Los Angeles.  It spread throughout the lower elevations of the LA basin, driving out the native mourning dove.  Speculation is that the exploding population of nest robbing  crows since 1990 is responsible for their disappearance.  The mourning doves have returned.

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