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Turtle Dove, spotted (Streptopelia chinensis)
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Turtle Dove, spotted (Streptopelia chinensis)

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This bird was introduced from eastern Asia into Australia in the mid-1800s and early 1900s and quickly became established. It is now a common sight throughout eastern Australia, and around the major towns and cities in southern and south-western Australia. It is mainly to be found in parks, gardens and agricultural areas feeding on a diet of grains, seeds and scraps.
Breeding usually takes place from July to January.
The sexes are similar.
The most common call is a musical "cocoo, crooor".


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