Turtle Dove

(Steptopelia turtur)

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Alert Status: Red - 98% decline


Identifying Features: The turtle dove is a dainty dove, smaller and darker than the collared dove and slightly larger than a blackbird. Its upperparts are distinctively mottled with chestnut and black and its black tail has a white edge.
Average Length: 25-27 cm
Average Lifespan: 2 years
Average Wingspan: 49-55 cm


Beak type: Seeds


Natural: Fruits and seeds of wildflowers and cereals
How to feed: Turtle doves are generally ground feeders, although you may see them on a bird table and even at a hanging feeder.
What to feed:  Small seeds and grains


Nesting: Like the nests of most pigeons, the Turtle Dove's nest is a flimsy platform of fine twigs.


Where to see: The turtle dove is mainly a bird of southern and eastern England, although it does reach as far as Wales. Best looked for in woodland edges, hedgerows and open land with scattered bushes.

European Turtle Dove song by Patrik Aber
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