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Bird identification
Nov 2nd, 2017 at 10:13am
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I'm Central North Island and twice I have seen this bird - and have no idea what it is.

Best I can describe it is - larger than a blackbird but smaller than a dove - midway between the two.
Looking at it through binoculars it is dove shaped with a typical smallish dove type head and beak.
Colouration is tan/beige head, back and tail with a grey game bird type collar (patterned and coloured like a quail breast) around the side and back of its neck.
While I didn't get a good look, I'm tempted to say the breast was the same tan colour - but I could be wrong.

Both times I have seen it, it was ground feeding and dragging its tail, but very shy and I was unable to get closer than thirty feet.
Getting my 8x binoculars, I get a reasonably good look by which time it was on the neighbours roof.
When it launched from the roof it flew with quite slow, powerful wing beats, as a dove would - then it was gone.

Would love to know what this is - if anyone can help.
  
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Re: Bird identification
Reply #1 - Nov 2nd, 2017 at 10:44am
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There's a few options...

Chaffinch:


Thrush:


Either of these similar to what you have seen?
  

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Reply #2 - Nov 2nd, 2017 at 11:49am
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I like your options TimboB - you did a lot of homework there.

I also did some homework - which was something I should have done before posting my query.
I can say with some certainty it is not a twink, nor did it have thrush.
It is also not a flying pig, a speckled duck nor a souped up Beetle with a home paint job - but it DOES appear to be a Spotted Dove from Southeast Asia/Indian Subcontinent according to Monsieur Le Google.

I shall ask it next time I see it.
  
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Re: Bird identification
Reply #3 - Nov 3rd, 2017 at 8:11am
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It could be the lesser known ring necked long tailed north island goose.

To confirm take a picture of it and get google, siri or whatever to do image recognition on the picture and tell you what species it is.
  

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Re: Bird identification
Reply #4 - Nov 16th, 2017 at 3:44pm
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SF90 wrote on Nov 2nd, 2017 at 11:49am:
but it DOES appear to be a Spotted Dove


That was my first thought when you described it.
Malay Spotted Dove. Caught my attention last time I stayed in Hamilton. Quite noisy cooing which was different to the common feral pigeon.

Dunno what area you are in but they are through the Bay of Plenty. Maybe they are pushing further south now.
  
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Reply #5 - Nov 16th, 2017 at 4:02pm
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Loads of spotted doves around Te Puke area,they look like a thrush with a very long tail.
  

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Reply #6 - Nov 16th, 2017 at 7:20pm
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Clegg wrote on Nov 16th, 2017 at 3:44pm:
That was my first thought when you described it.
Malay Spotted Dove. Caught my attention last time I stayed in Hamilton. Quite noisy cooing which was different to the common feral pigeon.

Dunno what area you are in but they are through the Bay of Plenty. Maybe they are pushing further south now.


I'm out at Tarawera - and it really is the only one I've ever seen. I think what threw me was the the game bird type speckled collar - thought I'd discovered something unique.
Have seen him a few times since - seems to be hanging around.
Haven't heard him make a sound yet - he's shy.

Have been told you can buy them off Trademe for five bucks each.

That's the funny thing with birds - came from Wellington and in all my time there i never saw a minah - they were a Northern bird,
My last trip down there I saw minahs left, right and centre.

  
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Reply #7 - Nov 16th, 2017 at 9:45pm
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You sure it's not a "Hairy Chested Nut scratcher"??!!! Wink Wink
  
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Reply #8 - Nov 17th, 2017 at 7:09am
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It might also be a speckled Jim
  
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Reply #9 - Nov 18th, 2017 at 9:14am
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Have a look at http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/spotted-dove
There are a lot of these birds around Auckland , hopefully they will spread out in shootable numbers
  

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Re: Bird identification
Reply #10 - Nov 18th, 2017 at 10:19am
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SF90 wrote on Nov 2nd, 2017 at 11:49am:
I like your options TimboB - you did a lot of homework there.

I also did some homework - which was something I should have done before posting my query.
I can say with some certainty it is not a twink, nor did it have thrush.
It is also not a flying pig, a speckled duck nor a souped up Beetle with a home paint job - but it DOES appear to be a Spotted Dove from Southeast Asia/Indian Subcontinent according to Monsieur Le Google.

I shall ask it next time I see it.


Seems to me, it is definitely a spotted dove, you spotted it, didn't you?  Cheesy Grin
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