Verification of Unusual
(information extracted from a letter - mgm)
Rec. # O_2007-04
|Scientific name:||Streptopelia chinensis|
|Date:||[20 and 21 Jun 2007]|
|Time:||[12:30 am; 7:30 pm]|
|Length of time observed:||[ ~ 2 minutes each time]|
|Location:||[West Valley City]|
|Distance to bird:|
|Description: Size of bird:||[about size of a Mourning Dove]|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:|
|(Description:) Bill Type:|
Field Marks and
This bird had the dark
collar of the Eurasian but easily stood out as larger to the eye from a
distance compared to the Collar on the Eurasian that is a little harder
What first caught my eye was the reddish-brown color on the neck, breast, sides and flanks.
The bird was about size of a Mourning Dove with a slightly smaller head compared to the Eurasian. The bird also had an eye-line from the front of the eye to the beak. It looked more like a wrinkle shadow than a color line. It had white edging on both sides of the tail.
With binoculars the collar had white or lighter colored spots ringed by black irradense lines.
I saw no band on this dove.
|Song or call & method of delivery:|
were they eliminated:
|The spotted collar was wider and reached farther around the neck across the nape and farther to the throat than the black-narrow collar of the Eurasian Dove.|
this & similar species:
|I have in the past raised and showed "Show Pigeons" some 20 years. I have asked some of the Utah Pigeon people if they know anyone raising doves in this area in case this dove was kept and escaped.|
|Observer:||John E. Houser|
|Observer's address:||6840 W. 3839 So., West Valley City, Utah 84128-3813|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:|
|Date prepared:||3 Jul 2007|
|Additional material:||[see transcript of the original letter]|
I don not have the
equipment to photograph or make other documentation.
I have the "2004 Field Checklist of the Birds of Utah" and note that the Spotted Dove is not listed as being in Utah.