Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
By courtesy of Joseph Y.K. Siu
Doves are the most common bird in Hong Kong, belonging to the pigeons and doves family. Their body is plumpish, beak and claws short. They appear either alone or in a small pack, often seen strolling on the ground, giving out a soft low coo-coo-coo sound. The birds Malay name Terkukur sounds very much like its call. They are not shy of humans. When approached, they fly off only at the last moment. Spotted doves are featured by a distinctive black patch with white spots on the back of the neck. They can be found around Campus Circuit, and occasionally in other parts of the University.
1. The Birds of Hong Kong and South China (Chinese edition) , Clive Viney, Karen Philips and Lam Chiu Ying,
Hong Kong Government Information Service, 1989.