Oriental Turtle-Dove

Streptopelia orientalis

Order

COLUMBIFORMES

Family

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Code 4

ORTD

Code 6

STRORI

ITIS

Egg Color:

White or pale yellow



Number of Eggs:

2



Incubation Days:

17 - 21



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

On low tree branch.



Nest Material:

Twigs and small branches.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

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. Sexes are similar.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Oriental Turtle-Dove: Two white or pale yellow eggs are laid in a large nest made of twigs and small branches, usually built on a low tree branch. Incubation ranges from 17 to 21 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Oriental Turtle-Dove: Feeds on various seeds; forages on the ground.

Vocalization

Oriental Turtle-Dove: Call is a four-syllable "her-her-oo-oo."

Similar Species

Oriental Turtle-Dove: European Turtle-Dove is smaller, has pinker breast, and is grayer overall.

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