Thursday, 21 March 2019

Red Collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica)

OTHER NAMES: Red Turtle Dove
Latin Etymology: Streptopelia ("collar-dove") tranquebarica ("of Tranquebar" a city in India) 
Adult male Red Collared Dove (subspecies S. t. humilis near Siem Reap, Cambodia - February 2019

Local Name (Khmer): ?
Featured Subspecies: Streptopelia tranquebarica humilis
Weight: 104g
Length: 20-23cm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The red-collared dove is a close relation of the Eurasian species that has spread throughout much of Europe.  Both species however are widely distributed in India, with the Red spreading more East, while the Eurasian headed West.  Despite the name, only the male is "red", (or at least, a sort of terracotta colour) while the female is much more in line with the colours of the Eurasian, being a sort of pale tea coloured.

Related Species:
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Streptopelia

SUBSPECIES: S. t. tranquebarica, S. t. humilis

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA - A common resident.
SINGAPORE / CAMBODIA 2019 TRIP - A flock seen near the outskirts of Siem Reap

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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