Wednesday, 20 July 2011

European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

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

OTHER NAMES: Turtle Dove
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:
Order:
Columbiformes
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

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuidesBirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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