Oriental Turtle-Dove

Streptopelia orientalis

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

ORTD

Code 6

STRORI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Oriental Turtle-Dove has a large range, extending up to 10,000,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in a wide range of locations including its native Asia, the Middle East, and United States as well as vagrant populations in parts of Africa and Europe. It is found in an enormous number of habitats including subtropical, tropical and boreal forests and shrublands, urban areas and rural gardens and even marine and aquatic environments as well. The global population of this species has not been quantified, but it is referred to as “common” in portions of its range. Due to this, population trends for the Oriental Turtle-Dove have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Oriental Turtle-Dove: Large, stocky dove, buff-brown overall with scaled pattern on back and wings produced by black feathers with buff, gray, or red fringes. Has distinctive black-and-white patch on neck. Tail is long, gray, and white-tipped. Legs are red. Strong swift direct flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Oriental Turtle-Dove: This species is native to Siberian taiga habitats, and occurs accidentally on Vancouver Island. It is also a casual visitor to the western Aleutian Islands and elsewhere in the Bering Sea. Southern populations are residents, but northern birds are migratory. Its preferred habitats include both deciduous and coniferous forests.

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Oriental Turtle-Dove SONGS AND CALLS

Oriental Turtle-Dove E1

Call is a "her-her-oo-oo".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"her-her-oo-oo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Oriental Turtle-Dove was first described in 1790 by John Latham, the English physician, naturalist and author.
  • Alternate common names for this species include Rufous Turtle-Dove, Eastern Turtle-Dove, and Mountain Turtle-Dove.
  • A group of doves has many collective nouns, including a "bevy", "cote", "dole", "dule", and "flight" of doves.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Irina Rud-Volga

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