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European Turtle Dove

From Opus

Photo by Steve GDehesa, Caceres province, Spain, April 2004
Photo by Steve G
Dehesa, Caceres province, Spain, April 2004
Streptopelia turtur


[edit] Identification


  • Grey brown plumage
  • Sides of head are yellow
  • Pink neck and breast
  • Grey blue nape, crown, flanks and rump
  • Cinnamon wings with black mottling
  • White belly and undertail coverts
  • Red eye rim
  • Red legs and toes
JuvenilePhoto by picusZavattarello, Italy, July 2010
Photo by picus
Zavattarello, Italy, July 2010

[edit] Similar Species

Oriental Turtle Dove is probably the biggest problem, especially birds of subspecies meena

[edit] Distribution

Western Palearctic to northern Afghanistan. Winters south to southern Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

This is a polytypic species, consisting of four subspecies:

  • S. t. turtur:
  • S. t. arenicola:
  • S. t. hoggara:
  • Southern Sahara (Aïr Massif and Hoggar Mountains)
  • S. t. rufescens:
  • Egypt (Dakhla and Kharga oases) and northern Sudan (Faiyûm)
Photo by Ray.ScottWeardale, Durham, July 2012
Photo by Ray.Scott
Weardale, Durham, July 2012

[edit] Habitat

Open woodlands.

[edit] Behaviour

Its nest is built from twigs and is placed in a tree. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs which are incubated by both sexes.

[edit] Vocalisation

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Birdforum thread discussing identification of European Turtle-Dove vs meena Oriental Turtle-Dove
  3. The Free Online Dictionary
  4. Wikipedia

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