Thursday, November 23, 2017

Laughing Dove - Uzbekistan

I've seen laughing doves (Spilopelia senegalensis) once before, in Jaffa, Israel. They were likely of the subspecies cambayensis, one of eight subspecies that have small plumage and size differences. I recently saw laughing doves again in Uzbekistan. These were of the subspecies ermanni, found in Afghanistan and Turkestan, which is a term that describes the area where the Turkish people live and includes Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, the southern portions of Kazakhstan and western China. 
This photo, taken in the shade, highlights the many different colors, particularly the transition of the lilac head to the pinkish belly, then shading to buff. 
The laughing dove has a lilac tinged head and neck, not apparent in the laughing doves we saw in Israel, but very apparent on the ones we saw in Uzbekistan. 
Lilac head and neck are very visible.
It is pinkish brown on the underside shading to buff. The upper parts are brownish and there is a blue/gray band along the bottom of the wing. The tail is graduated and the outer feathers are tipped in white. Split feathers on the side of the neck create a checkered rufus and gray patch (less apparent on these birds than on birds in pictures I've seen). 
Blue/gray tinge on bottom of wing, white patch on end of tail feathers and checkered neck are visible. 
The name relates to the laughing character of its call. 

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