Wednesday, 20 July 2011

European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

OTHER NAMES: Turtle Dove
Latin Etymology: Streptopelia ("collar-dove") turtur ("turtle dove")

Adult European Turtle Dove (subspecies S. t. turturat Brigstock, Northants - July 2011

Featured Subspecies: Stretopelia turtur turtur
Weight: 130g  /  Length: 24-29cm  /  Wingspan: 47-55cm
UK RED LIST / IUCN Red List: Vulnerable

The rarest of the five members of the pigeon family found in the UK, it resembles the Collared Dove but with a mottled brown and black back. Increasingly rare for reasons which include loss of habitat and poaching as it migrates over the Mediterranean. The best way to locate it is to listen for its call, which sounds like it is vibrating version of a pigeon call. It is our only migrant pigeon and thus is only found for a few months during the summer.

Related Species:
Family: Columbiidae
Genus: Streptopelia
Subspecies: S. t. turtur, S. t. arenicola, S. t. hoggara, S. t. rufescens

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Rare and decreasing Summer migrant (14,000 territories)
 - Seen on several occasions in Summer at Fermyn Woods and heard at Rye Harbour
ITALY - Italian - Tortora Comune ("Common Turtledove")
A Summer migrant.
 - SICILY 2018 TRIP - One seen at Fiume Ciane 

Further Notes: BirdForum OpusIUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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