Adult European Turtle Dove (subspecies S. t. turtur) at Brigstock, Northants - July 2011
Featured Subspecies: Stretopelia turtur turtur
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.
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)
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List